Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church

Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church

by Donald Cozzens
     
 

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Both compassionate and challenging, Sacred Silence addresses the most stunning failure in the history of American Catholic leadership. Donald Cozzens, a respected commentator on Catholic life, analyzes the denial at the heart of the current crisis and explores the misplaced loyalties of the leaders that let the crisis fester and finally erupt. Offering a historical

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Both compassionate and challenging, Sacred Silence addresses the most stunning failure in the history of American Catholic leadership. Donald Cozzens, a respected commentator on Catholic life, analyzes the denial at the heart of the current crisis and explores the misplaced loyalties of the leaders that let the crisis fester and finally erupt. Offering a historical overview of our church leadership, Cozzens clarifies why the ecclesiastical system might be the real villain in the abuse scandal, and proposes a new direction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814627310
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.60(d)

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Dean R. Hoge
Father Cozzens’ earlier book The Changing Face of the Priesthood evoked criticism from many persons that he had violated the secrets of the Church. Now Cozzens responds. He demonstrates that the Church has too much secrecy for the sake of its own credibility and moral authority. The culture of the Church has long honored loyalty, deference, and silence, and the result has been disastrous. We need a brave ‘redemptive honesty’ if we are to move toward a healthier, holier Church. Cozzens is a man of faith who dares to say what needs to be said. This book is the next step in a debate which the Catholic community urgently needs.
— Professor, The Catholic University of America

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