The Index


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Birth year of Saint Augustine of Hippo, who famously wrote “Nothing is so powerful in drawing the spirit of a man downwards as the caresses of a woman” :
354

Century in which the Catholic Church began insisting upon a celibate clergy:
12th

Minimum number of times a week that having sex will decrease a man’s risk of heart attack or stroke by half, according to researchers at Queens University in Belfast:
3

Percent by which the levels of immunoglobulin A, an immune system aid, are increased in those who have sex once or twice a week, according to a University of Pennsylvania study:
30

Year in which neuropsychologist James W. Prescott published Body Pleasure and The Origins of Violence, an article which argues that sexual repression leads to increased violent behaviours:
1975

Number of credible accusations of sexual abuse against Catholic Clerics since 1950, as of 2007, according to the Roman Catholic Church:
13,000

Amount, in Canadian dollars, of the deficit ran by the St. John’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, partly due to compensation fees for victims of sexual abuse:
1.3 million

Amount, in Canadian dollars, of Bishop Raymond Lahey’s posted bail following allegations of possessing child pornography:
9,000

Sources are linked.