"Karen Terry, a researcher at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said the vast majority of the abuse took place from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. There has been a sharp decline in the number of cases since the early 1990s, which an analysis indicates is not just a matter of a lag in reporting, she said."Ah, the 1960s. Everything changed, from theology to liturgy. Hippie priests and nuns preaching 'love' (meaning sex), Marxist Catholics in Latin America, and soft, friendly youth ministers who really, really liked children led us to this mess. There is a nascent movement back towards holiness, as well as some Catholics finding a backbone.
Things will get worse before they get better, but this is to be expected.