Here are some most excellent resources on crime at churches. Please click on the links.

Report on Pennsylvania Church Sex Abuse

Grand Jury Report, as published by The Washington Post


Beinart, Peter. 2017, April. Breaking Faith: The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse. The Atlantic.

Chan, P. C. W. 2006a. No, it is not just a phase: An adolescent’s right to sexual minority identity under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. International Journal of Human Rights, 10, 161. Google Scholar

French, Rose. 2007, June 18. “Report: Protestant Church Insurers Handle 260 Sex Abuse Cases a Year.”  Insurance Journal.
Heaton, Paul. 2006. “Does religion really reduce crime?.” The Journal of Law and Economics 49(1): 147-172.

Stroop, Chris. 2017. Street Preaching and the Christian Right. Not Your Mission Field (blog).

Scheitle, Christopher P. 2016. “Crimes occurring at places of worship: An analysis of 2012 newspaper reports.” International Review of Victimology 22(1): 65-74.

Waldrep, C. 1990. So Much Sin”: The decline of religious discipline and the” Tidal Wave of Crime. Journal of Social History, – JSTOR

Peters, C. S. 2015. More than just good deeds: Fraud within religious organizations (Doctoral dissertation, Utica College).


Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South (Southern Dissent). By Christopher B. Strain (Univer. Press of Florida, 2008).

Crime and Immorality in the Catholic Church. By E. McLoughlin (Pickle Partners Publishing, 1962, 2017). Available via Google Books.

Crimes of Preachers in the United States and Canada. By M.E. Billings. (Project Gutenberg, 2018).

Democracy Under Assault: Theopolitics, Incivility, and Violence on the Right. By Michele Swenson (iUniverse, 2004).

In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide. By Cameron Stauth (Thomas Dunne, 2013).

Forced Baptisms: Histories of Jews, Christians, and Converts in Papal Rome. By Marina Caffiero (Univers. of California Press, 2011)

Rogue Clerics: The Social Problem of Clergy Deviance. By Anson Shupe. (Routledge, 2017).

Sexual abuse by clergy: A crisis for the church. By Fortune, M. M., & Poling, J. N. (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2008).

Sin, Shame, and Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-up in the Catholic Church. By David Yonke (Continuum, 2006).

Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships. By Janja Lalich & Madeleine Tobias. (Bay Tree, 2006).

The 80% Solution: Christians Doing the Right Thing. By Donald R. Barbare (Xlibre Corp., 2012).

When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children and the Law. By Shawn Francis Peters (Oxford, 2007).

Worship and Sin: An Exploration of Religion-related Crime in the United States. By Karel Kurst-Swanger (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008).


Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

State-by-state accounting of Catholic priests credibly accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Provided at Bishop

Database of Megachurches in the U.S.

Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry

“The Utah White Collar Crime Offender Registry, a first-of-its kind program launched by the attorney general’s office in 2016, is a searchable database of people convicted of a range of financial crimes in the previous 10 years. Just enter the person’s name, and if he or she is in the registry, you will find the nature of the offense, and when and where it occurred. You will even get a picture of the offender.” American Greed (2018).


BECAUSE IT MATTERS ~ Freedom from Abuse in Christianity


Black Collar Crimes

Criminal Christians

Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Southern Poverty Law Center