Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus

Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus

by Geoffrey Robinson
     
 

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Drawing on his own experience in responding to abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson in this explosive work methodically offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit.

Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus,

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Drawing on his own experience in responding to abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson in this explosive work methodically offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit.

Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power.

He offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium-a church that wants to see in its members the responsibility appropriate to adults rather than the obedience appropriate to children and wants to help all people to grow to become all they are capable of being. You will love or hate this book but not be able to remain neutral.

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Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church is at once . . . profound and . . . far-reaching. . . . His study will help us better understand the problem in question and will help us progress towards more effective remedies.
Parish Liturgy Magazine

At a time when many Catholics recognize the need for structural change within the Church, Bishop Robinson proposes changes that address the foundations that made sexual abuse within the Church almost inevitable. . . . Robinson does not leave these issues at the theoretical level but suggests structural changes that are practical and yet reach to the deepest levels of the underpinnings of the Catholic Church.
Pastoral Music

Bishop Robinson is a reformer, not a revolutionary, and his conclusions and proposals deserve our respect and consideration.
Commonweal

The introduction presents a comprehensive, forthright, and insightful picture of the complex nature of Catholic clergy abuse. . . . Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church is a testament to the bravery and commitment to truth of its author.
Conscience

We need to read and reread this book if we truly want to understand the scandal and to understand what we ought to be as church.
Catholic Agitator

The scandals of pedophile Priests has done untold damage to the Catholic Church, and Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus seeks to address the issue directly. Criticizing the church’s abuse of power and looking back to the Bible to offer a new approach to the church’s stance on sexual morality, seeking to focus on the people and to be forgiving of their flaws. Seeking a gradual reformation for a better future of the Catholic church, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus is deftly written and highly recommended for community library collections focusing on Catholicism.
Midwest Book Review

In this beautifully forceful proposal of change for the Catholic Church, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson engages the structures that have contributed to the disconnection between the hierarchy and its people. With the firm belief that the entire Church must be examined in order to respond to the recent crises of sexual abuse, Robinson begins with the largest of theological topics, such as God, Tradition, and the Bible, and carefully connects these to the pragmatic topics of structure, authority, and sexual ethics. . . . It is a much-needed insider’s look at the structures of the Church and offers detailed change for growth and relevance. The bold willingness of a bishop to take on such a theologically careful exposé should be embraced as a long-overdue opportunity for faithful transformation.
Catholic Books Review

[T]he importance of Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church lies in the fact that a bishop, an ecclesiastical ‘insider,’ has had the courage to challenge the institution of which he was a part and invite serious conversation regarding a broad range of church issues that have too often been declared off-limits by church leadership. If Robinson’s book opens the door to more open and responsible theological conversation by members of church leadership regarding the unique demands facing our church today, it will have fulfilled its purpose.
America

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781920721473
Publisher:
Garratt, John Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
307

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