As country after country reels from revelations about the systemic sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, three of Australia’s pre‑eminent voices discuss the crimes and causes of this institutional dysfunction. Tom Keneally (Crimes of the Father), James M. Miller (The Priests) and Louise Milligan (Cardinal) join David Marr (Quarterly Essay: The Prince) for a powerful conversation about sexual abuse, conscience and celibacy in the Catholic Church.