06/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Who Abused the Child-Abusing Priests?

Those who study the ways of child abuse, like the pyschologist Alice Miller, tell us that adults who abuse children were themselves usually abused as children. Abuse is a self-perpetuating noxious cycle. As you were mistreated, so will you pass that along.

So I wonder: were all these pedophile Catholic priests abused, then, when they were young?

And by whom?...

Is a long history playing itself out, that we're just beginning to grasp--and should be looking at even closer?