A.W. Richard Sipe, who passed away last week, has left an important legacy for those who work to understand and prevent clergy child sex abuse. The former priest turned psychotherapist was a leading researcher on the subject.
His work revealed a clear connection between the lack of celibacy among clergy and child sex abuse. Click here to read “A.W. Richard Sipe, a Leading Expert on Clergy Sex Abuse, Dies at 85,” by Sharon Otterman, August 9, 2018, The New York Times.
“Failures of celibacy among church leaders, he argued, even if they happened with adults, created a system of hypocrisy and secrecy in which the abuse of minors could take place.”