In 1051, Benedictine Monk Peter Damian wrote “Liber Gommorihanus,” a screed against many practices of Catholic priests at the time. Damian was particularly incensed at priests who made it a habit of having sexual relations with adolescent boys. Pope Leo IX praised Damian for his efforts, expressed dismay at the priests’ behavior, but did little to address the problem. This will sound sadly familiar to more recent accusers of Catholic priests, as the church hierarchy’s pattern of public hand-wringing, but little substantial action continues to this day. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism brings the Catholic sex abuse scandal home with its new series, “Catholic Clergy Abuse.” WCIJ managing editor Dee Hall joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on November 25, 2019.
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