Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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What People Are Saying

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814627310
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Introduction 5
Pt. 1 Masks of Denial
Ch. 1 Sacred Silence 11
Ch. 2 Forms of Denial 26
Pt. 2 Faces of Denial
Ch. 3 Sacred Oaths, Sacred Promises 37
Ch. 4 Voices of Women 49
Ch. 5 Religious Life and the Priesthood 65
Ch. 6 Abuse of Our Children 89
Ch. 7 Clerical Culture 112
Ch. 8 Gay Men in the Priesthood 124
Ch. 9 Ministry and Leadership 140
Pt. 3 Beyond Denial
Ch. 10 Sacred Silence, Sacred Speech 157
Notes 173
Index 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Cozzens: The Voice of Sanity and Reason

    Cozzens brings sanity and reason to the sensitive issues facing the church today. He espouses free and open dialogue, qualities the church often sees as threats to doctrine.

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