1. “Will,” along with nine others abused by the same perpetrator, participated in a lawsuit against a Catholic diocese that resulted in a settlement allocation for each victim. The accused priest now resides in a retreat house which he is not permitted to leave without supervision.
2. This data was compiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for their USCCB-commissioned study of child sexual abuse in the church, 1950–2002. Most abuse reports were made via phone calls and letters to diocesan or parish representatives. Public media coverage of abuse increased sharply in 2002.
3. “Eparchy” refers to a diocese of the Eastern (rather than Latin) Catholic Church, in communion with the Bishop of Rome.
4. In addition to the financial pressures related to the scandal, other factors such as a severe shortage of priests and changing attendance patterns across geographies have also contributed to parish closures.
5. See, for example, the contentious politics approach of McAdam, Tarrow, and Tilly (2001).
1. Name has been changed here and for all study participants, unless noted otherwise.
2. I use Muller’s real name here given that he is well established in the public record as having been central to the formation and early leadership of the VOTF movement. With the assistance of Charles Kenney, Muller authored a book on the movement’s emergence entitled Keep the Faith, Change the Church (2004).