Reports and Research

The following is a list of reports and studies that have been commissioned or written by the National Review Board, the Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, or the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Studies Presented by the John Jay College Research Team

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010
The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States
Nature and Scope Study - 2006 Supplementary Report
Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of the Literature, 2004

Teaching Modules 

The following are teaching modules developed by Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF that are based on the findings of the 2011 John Jay Causes and Context Study. The accompanying PowerPoint Presentation and commentaries should be viewed alongside each of the Teaching Modules for a better learning experience. 

Overview of Modules 

Modules A-G: Intended for dioceses, parishes, seminary faculty, and seminary students.
Modules:            | B | D | E | F | G | 
Commentary:     | B | C | D | E | 

Module J: Outlines the "Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal," the Charter, Essential Norms, and the Statement of Episcopal Commitment. Intended for all audiences.
Module:              | 
Commentary:     | 

Module K-O : Intended for dioceses and parishes. 
Modules:           | K | L | N | O | 
Commentary:    | K | N | O | 

2007 Five Years from Dallas (June 2007)

In the five years since U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at their June 2002 meeting in Dallas, dioceses have made significant strides to instill practices that will ensure the safety of children in the church. The following articles take a look at a variety of related issues, from strategies in place to prevent and identify child sexual abuse to the growth of transparency in the church. Media are welcome to download these articles and photos for one-time editorial use when covering the work of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. 

Church Still Challenged to Deal With Clerical Abuse of Minors by Beth Griffin
Child Sexual Abuse in United States: Problems, Progress by Kate Blain
Professional Counseling, Reformed Attitudes Work to Heal Hurts by Robert Delaney
Priest and Parishioner: Walking Side by Side by Jane Harriman
Healthy Child Protection Programs Age-appropriate, On-Going by Peter Feuerherd
Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse by John Gehring
Seminary Screening Early Step for Healthy Priesthood by Emilie Lemmons
Growth in Transparency Marks Church by Joe Towalski
Victim Assistance Coordinators: They Gotta Have Heart by Mary Hart
Learning From Clergy Abuse of Minors Scandal Can Help Others by Joseph Young

Proposed Guidelines on the Assessment of Clergy and Religious for Assignment (1993)