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From the Publisher"Dr. Fraley-O'Dea is social scientist, concerned with what happened, why it happened and what the consequences are and she presents her findings dispassionately, clearly and with the solid support of extensive scholarly research. The results are of value to professionals as well as laypersons and should be of particular interest to Catholics and to those charged with the welfare of children."
—Out in Jersey
"...a must read".
"In this excellent and passionate discourse, Frawley-O'Dea faces head on each of the fundamental sense of perversion as they apply to the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy...Frawley-O'Dea has produced a fair, broad, well-supported, passionate work. Those involved in the treatment of sexual abuse victims may find parts of Perversion of Power a useful learning experience. More generally, anyone concerned with healthy religious behavior and belief, genuine human spirituality, and religious reform will find the book a worthwhile read." - PsycCRITIQUES
"Frawley-O'Dea . . . argues that Catholic theology and doctrine . . . may have set the stage for the abuse. This is important reading . . . Essential. "
"Frawley-O'Dea, a clinical psychologist who has worked with victims of sexual abuse, examines the Catholic clergy sexual-abuse crisis in this well-documented compendium that incorporates her analysis of what went wrong. "
"The book is well-documented and researched as well as provocative and challenging. Although readers may not agree with all Frawley-O'Dea's conclusions, nevertheless the book must be classified as a must-read for church leaders and the hierarchy."
—Newsletter of the National Federation of Priests' Councils