Los Angeles Times, February 8, 1906. Conservative culture warriors sometimes argue that present-day clerical sex abuse is driven by the surrounding conditions of unprecedented sexual license that infect our holy men—who are only human, after all. The argument is rubbish. More pious diddlers get busted nowadays because we permit ourselves to talk about sex and sexual abuse, is all. What’s especially interesting about this particular article is that there seems to have been a local news blackout on two of the three scandals addressed. I can’t find reference to them in any Chicago or Midwestern papers. I call cover-up!