Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse

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Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. The Doyle-Sipe-Wall report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church's history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 ...
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Overview

Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. The Doyle-Sipe-Wall report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church's history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 CE and concludes with the contemporary scandal. It reveals an institution that has tried to come to grips with this devastating internal problem from its earliest years. At times circumspect and at other times open and direct, Church leaders tried a variety of means to rein in the various violations of clerical celibacy. The sexual abuse crisis is not isolated from the questions of the celibate practice of all Catholic clergy and the moral questions that involve marriage and all human sexual behaviors. These are the main, yet unspoken, reasons why sexual abuse has been such an inflammatory and dangerous issue for the hierarchy. The Church abuse scandal of the contemporary era, rather than seen as a new challenge, is actually the catalyst for a complex process that is forcing the official Church to redefine its ideology of sexuality, its responsibility to its members and its role in society. The three distinguished authors have served as experts and consultants in over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and have collectively spent over 70 years of official service within the church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566252652
  • Publisher: Bonus Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/25/2006
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 546,743
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Sexual abuse by priests : history speaks 1
Ch. 1 Clerical sexual abuse : the paper trail 3
Ch. 2 Sex, sin, and psychiatry 67
Pt. 2 The church on notice 85
Ch. 3 Canon law, civil law, and psychiatry speak out 87
Ch. 4 The problem of sexual molestation by Roman Catholic clergy : meeting the problem in a comprehensive and responsible manner 99
Pt. 3 The church in court 175
Ch. 5 The perils of courtroom exposure 177
Ch. 6 How the bishops knew and when they knew it 203
Ch. 7 Files, secrecy, and confidentiality : the ongoing debate 217
Ch. 8 Religious duress : the power of the priesthood 229
Ch. 9 Who owns Catholic church property? : a primer 251
Ch. 10 Ecclesiastical shell game 257
Epilogue : lost and found : speaking to history 263
Ch. 11 Loss of faith : in the wake of betrayal 265
Ch. 12 Healing steps : forgiving the hierarchy 267
Ch. 13 Talking with the bishops : challenge for a new century 283
Chronology of the paper trail - 60 CE to 2004 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    This was a very good read. I used it for two academic papers and

    This was a very good read. I used it for two academic papers and professionals in the field of sex offender treatment and victimology were aware of this boos and the authors in particular. The one weakness to the book is that it does not follow the traditional format of an academic source. Not to say that it is bad; the book it requires you to make connections among different sections in chapters. A very intelligent read, most definitely has many new and/or well articulated points.
    Furthermore, the book does not throw Catholicism under the proverbial bus. It is analytical that applies the counter ideology which shows the reader the delicate and often dead end arguments. This book is a good all around look at the issue of sexual abuse of children by the clerics of the Catholic Church. The broad history and timeline from the first century to the present - containing both events inside the Catholic Church and public eye - was the most interesting and delightfully surprising part of this book.

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