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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

State Officials Investigate Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy : July 28, August 14, and September 6, 2018
State Officials Investigate Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy
Linda Grimm

For decades, the Catholic Church has been beset with scandal over allegations of child sexual abuse by priests worldwide. In the United States, such allegations have drawn increased attention since 2002, when the Boston Globe published a series of reports detailing clerical sexual abuse in Massachusetts and church officials’ efforts to hide it and keep victims quiet. Sixteen years later, an investigation by a Pennsylvania grand jury brought fresh attention to the controversy. The panel’s findings of widespread clerical sexual abuse and church cover-ups spurred officials in at least a dozen other states and the ...

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