Predatory Nuns

Sexual Abuse in North American Catholic Sisterhoods

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About the Book

Since the first scandals broke in the mid-1980s, the sexual misconducts of priests have cost the Catholic Church in America more than $4 billion in compensation settlements and incalculable damage to its reputation. Although their crimes have attracted far less attention, predatory nuns have also caused harm. The depredations of these nuns took place in convent novitiates, orphanages, boarding schools for Native Americans, and in Catholic schools, both elementary and secondary. Their victims, male and female, ranged in age from six-year-olds to young adults.
This book focuses on the criminal behavior of North American nuns and the responses from church leadership. Mothers superior were outspoken in their refusal to accept responsibility for the crimes committed under their watch, and their inclination was to close ranks and protect the predators, endangering many children and young people in the process. The complainants, on the other hand, were considered nuisances to be pushed aside with the least amount of exposure and expense possible. Straightforward and informative, this text begins by exploring the nuns’ vow of chastity and its relationship with human sexuality, followed by dozens of case studies detailing the sexual abuse that nuns committed in various settings.

About the Author(s)

A professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education, the University of Lethbridge, Canada, Brian Titley is the author of seven books that examine power and resistance in a variety of historical settings. He divides his time between homes in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Dublin, Ireland. Visit his website

Bibliographic Details

Brian Titley
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8957-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4717-3
Imprint: McFarland