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Rev. Joseph J. Guido is a psychology professor at Providence College and Roman Catholic priest who is noted for his documentary research on clerical sex abuse cases.

Awareness of abuse

Guido surveyed superiors of a Catholic religious order and found that:

  • In North America: 83 percent of the superiors reported being aware of an accusation of sexual abuse against one or more of their priests.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, 43 percent.
  • In Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America only one-third of the superiors reported being aware of such an accusation..

Cultural factors of abuse

In Jesuits' weekly America magazine Guido wrote that his "research suggests [...] that the sexual abuse of children by priests is a problem for the church everywhere."[1] Guido further claimed, sexual abuse scandals unrevealed in the English-speaking world since 1980s cost church "hundreds of millions of dollars and immeasurable goodwill", though leading religious order officials outside the North America were "more likely to be aware of sexual misconduct by priests with adults, rather than children." [2]

Publication hightlights

  • Guido, J.J. (2005). Dark humors and soldier's heart: Understanding depression and its remedies. [Review of the book The Age of Melancholy by Dan Blazer]. PsycCritigues: APA Review of Books, 50 (30).
  • Guido, J.J. (2005). Doing what therapists do: The art and science of the clinical interview [Review of the book Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing]. PsyCritiques: APA Review of Books, 50 (11).
  • Guido, J.J. (2004). On the couch and at the altar: Contemporary psychoanalysis and religion [Review of the book Minding Spirituality]. PsycCritiques: APA Review of Books, 49 (2).
  • Guido, J.J. (2003). Factors other than celibacy and homosexuality foster child sexual abuse by priests. In L. Gerdes (Ed.), Child Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints (3rd edition). San Diego, CA: Greenhaven/Thomson-Gale.
  • Guido, J.J. (2002). The importance of perspective: Understanding the sexual abuse of children by priests. America, 186 (11), 21-23.
  • Guido, J.J. (2001). College students and conversion: The sacramental context of Catholic higher education. America, 184 (3), 13-18.
  • Guido, J.J. (1999). Beyond broken promises: Healing the wounds of sexual assault on campus. America, 181 (8), 12-15.
  • Guido, J.J. (1997). Schooling the soul: A psychological perspective on the implicit theology of Roman Catholic candidates for ministry. Toronto: Regis


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