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This volume takes a close, dispassionate look at the entire history of the issue of sexual abuse among the clergy, and especially among the Roman Catholic clergy. From the first rumblings to today's headlines, Philip Jenkins has written a fascinating, exhaustive, and, above all, even-handed account that not only puts this particular crisis in perspective, but offers an eye-opening look at the way in which an issue takes hold of the popular imagination. Jenkins reassures us about our local clergy, but also delivers a disturbing message about how vulnerable we are to the news media. Meticulously documented and dispassionately argued, this volume marks a watershed in the discussion of an issue of enormous current interest, one that will not disappear from the headlines any time soon.
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What People Are Saying

Richard John Neuhaus
While he may overestimate the long-term consequences of the malfeasance he examines, Philip Jenkins' admirable study is without doubt the best account we have of clerical sexual scandal and the way it has been exploited by contending forces within contemporary religion and the media. The book is a model of scholarly and judicious treatment of a subject much sensationalized and therefore much misunderstood.
—(The Reverend Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145977
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,364,691
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Jenkins, one of the world's leading religion scholars joined Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion as Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion.

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Table of Contents

1 The Construction of Problems and Panics 3
2 The Anti-Catholic Tradition 19
3 The Discovery of Clergy Sex Abuse 33
4 The Media and the Crisis 53
5 Pedophilia and Child Abuse 77
6 Conflict in the Churches 95
7 "Sins of the Fathers": The Feminist Response 113
8 The Legal Environment 125
9 Defending Therapy 139
10 Meanings and Directions 153
Notes 173
Index 209
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