News April 2004 How Many Priests? By Philip Jenkins For over a decade, the Roman Catholic Church has been in deep crisis over the issue of sexual abuse by Her clergy. That some priests had molested or raped children was indisputable, but just how many had offended? To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Philip Jenkins Philip Jenkins is is the author of Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World.