Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis / Edition 1

Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis / Edition 1

by Philip Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195145976

ISBN-13: 9780195145977

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195145977
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
347,854
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1.The Construction of Problems and Panics3
Recognizing a Problem
The Process of Social Construction
Alternative Views
Constructing "Pedophile Priests"
The Catholic Dimension
Unconstructed Cases
The Book
2.The Anti-Catholic Tradition19
Anticlericals and Anti-Catholics
The American Inheritance
The Sexual Component
Puritan Pornography
Homosexuals and Pedophiles
The Sins of the Fathers
The German "Pedophile Crisis"
The Decline of Anti-Catholicism?
3.The Discovery of Clergy Sex Abuse33
An Age of Innocence?
The 1980s
The Impact of the Gauthe Case, 1984-1989
Facing Facts?
The New Wave of Cases, 1989-1992
Crisis in Chicago, 1991-1994
The Cases Proliferate
"Priest of Porn"
The Porter Case, 1992-1993
The Cycle
Restoring Trust
Not Just Catholics
4.The Media and the Crisis53
Reporting the Problem
The Use of Language
The Cartoon Vision
Fall from Grace
A Historical Context
"Conspiracy of Silence"?
Changing Media Values
Constructing Crisis
Experts
Television
Recreating the Cases
Defending the Church?
5.Pedophilia and Child Abuse77
Defining the Problem
How Many Priests?
Child Abuse: A Historical Context
The Age of Complacency
Formulating Child Abuse
Scale and Effects
Reframing the Sex Offender
Framing Clergy Sex Offenders
Treating Clergy Abusers
6.Conflict in the Churches95
The Origins of Conflict
Gender, Sexuality, and Authority
Homosexuality
Traditionalists
Clergy Abuse as a Liberal Issue
The Media and the Catholic Reformers
The Rhetoric of Reform
Reforms as Remedy: Celibacy and the Seminaries
Interpreting Clergy Abuse
Impact of the Scandals
7."Sins of the Fathers": The Feminist Response113
Feminism and Sexual Abuse
Feminism in the Churches
The Theology of Abuse
Feminists and Clergy Abuse
The Uses of Abuse
Conclusion
8.The Legal Environment125
The Litigation Explosion
Litigating Child Abuse
Clergy Abuse in the Courts
Expanding the Liability Net
The Effects of Litigation
Defending the Suits
Consequences
Conclusion
9.Defending Therapy139
Believing the Children
Ritual Child Abuse
The Recovered-Memory Debate
Recovered Memory and Clergy-Abuse Allegations
Clergy Abuse and Ritual Abuse
Defending Therapy
Survivor Movements
Backlash
10.Meanings and Directions153
Constructing the Problem
The Church and the World
Sects and Scandals
Values, Authority, and Religious Change
Therapeutic Values
The Rhetoric of Religious Problems
"The Greatest Crisis"?
Understanding Clergy Abuse: Activism and Audience
Notes173
Index209

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