Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

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Overview

Sacrilege explores the deep roots of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal, revealing its full depth and breadth. In horrifying yet necessary detail, former federal investigator Leon Podles surveys the full extent of the damage, showing how victims were failed by bishops, laity, therapists, police, courts, press, and even popes. Examining the history behind today's headlines, Dr. Podles reveals how centuries-old theological errors encouraged blind submission to hierarchy, by making obedience to authority the highest virtue. He also shines a light on the new theological errors, popularized since Vatican II, that glorify every type of sexual expression--including pedophilia. Sacrilege will prove an essential resource for all those concerned with the history and future of Catholicism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979027994
  • Publisher: Crossland Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 676
  • Sales rank: 815,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leon J. Podles worked for twenty years as a Federal investigator. He received a Catholic education, attended seminary for a time, and earned his Ph. D. from the University of Virginia. He is author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity (Spence, 1999) and a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mare Christianity. His writing has appeared in America, The American Spectator, Crisis, and other publications. He serves on the board of BishopAccountability.org.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Rectory Boys of El Paso     17
Heart of Darkness in the Heartland: Davenport, Iowa     35
Distant Thunder     71
Storm Warnings     89
The Gathering Storm     103
Hurricane Hits Boston     143
Scope of Destruction: New England     171
Scope of Destruction: America and the World     197
Victims     239
Abusers and Their Treatment     285
Abusers and Homosexuality     321
Abusers and Celibacy     357
Clerical Accomplices     393
Lay Accomplices     423
New Errors     441
Old Errors     465
Conclusion     489
Epilogue     513
Endnotes     521
Books Cited     611
Resources     621
Acknowledgments     625
Index     627
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