Since the s, child molestation and the sexual abuse of children has increasingly been recognized as deeply damaging to children and thus unacceptable for society as a whole. In , specialists in contact with the Vatican mooted the figure of , cases of child sex abuse in the US. Celibacy is a gift, says the Church. There is more diversity among its representatives, and every reality is different. You wrote that the majority of abusers are not celibates… According to John Jay College in New York , the most prominent cases of sexual abuse in the United States have come out of sports groups, other churches where pastors are allowed to marry… the Catholic Church, although stained by this crime and sin, remains in many places one of the safest environments for minors. The efforts to block new laws on behalf of survivors has been led by the conservative archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput. Since when can we say that the Church has changed its response? It noted "endemic" sexual abuse in Catholic boys' institutions, saying that church leaders were aware of abuses and that government inspectors failed to "stop beatings, rapes and humiliation. Public and political issues[ edit ] The earliest medical studies of child sex abuse were published in France by Auguste Ambroise Tardieu — , though his work was often received negatively or ignored by peers. If Christ had avoided leaving the Cross behind to be saved by Pontius Pilate — whom, in a certain sense, had the power to do so — it is because he wanted to defend the truth, the Kingdom of God, that is, Himself. Mexico Mexican bishop Gonzalo Galvan Castillo was forced to resign in after being accused of protecting a paedophile priest. Under Archbishop Timothy Dolan the archdiocese was able to avoid bankruptcy from lawsuits.