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Catherine R. Osborne is a historian of American Catholicism and the author of American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975 (University of Chicago Press, 2018). She lives in South Bend, Ind.

Priests sit below the statue of St. Peter as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 29, 2018. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith Short Take
Catherine R. OsborneDecember 09, 2019
While there has been much discussion of clericalism and sexual abuse, writes Catherine R. Osborne, the ability of clergy to maintain a “harmonious relation to sexuality” is relatively unexamined territory.