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Sexual Abuse and Catholicism: How Priests and Nuns Become Perpetrators
     

Sexual Abuse and Catholicism: How Priests and Nuns Become Perpetrators

by Myra L Hidalgo
 

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Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Catholicism digs beneath the public scandals to explore the underlying causes of sexual abuse by priests and nuns from the unique perspective of an abuse victim/survivor who is an experienced mental health practitioner and social science researcher. This powerful book includes the author's personal account of sexual abuse by a nun

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Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Catholicism digs beneath the public scandals to explore the underlying causes of sexual abuse by priests and nuns from the unique perspective of an abuse victim/survivor who is an experienced mental health practitioner and social science researcher. This powerful book includes the author's personal account of sexual abuse by a nun and her years of struggle to recover. Passionate but scholarly and objective, the book advocates the need for healing diaglogue, empirical research, and informed prevention strategies to bring a meaningful resolution to the crisis of sexual abuse in the church.

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"...a landmark book, based on the author's personal experience, research, and professional practice. Ms. Hidalgo provides the reader with numersous solid references, and reading this work gives one the ability to go forward with a solid foundation to explore the topic in more detail...I would recommend it for victims (primary and secondary) of sexual abuse by clergy, professionals (clergy, social workers, and secondary) and for concerned members of the general public...a valuable addition to professional libraries and will assist those who work with victims and perpetrators in this area." Robert G. Stevenson, Ed.D., Illness, Crisis and Loss

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789029553
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/29/2007
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Patrick Doyle
Myra Hidalgo's book is one of the few that must be considered FOUNDATIONAL for anyone seeking to understand how widespread sexual abuse and its cover-up by the hierarchy could be a part of the world's oldest and largest Christian denomination. . . . Makes A UNIQUE AND ESSENTIAL CONTRIBUTION to the on-going efforts to comprehend why Catholic clergy and nuns become sexual abusers and why the Church leadership has gone to such extraordinary lengths to cover this up. . . . There are numerous 'new' insights and contributions in this book. Hidalgo's theory of clergy/religious sexual perpetration is certainly a major one and another is the manner with which she frames her goals in writing the book. . . . The concluding 'implications for recovery, research and prevention' are especially relevant because they relate the book's essential themes to practical steps that can be immediately taken by those willing to work at a basic change of attitude. (Thomas Patrick Doyle, Canon Lawyer, author, researcher, addictions therapist, long-time clergy abuse victim advocate)
Gary R. Schoener
Goes far beyond the child sex abuse crisis by also examining sexual exploitation of adults by clergy, a topic often forgotten amidst the current scandals. Quite noteworthy is her observation that systematic sexual shame as taught by the church is part of the basis for sexual misconduct. Ironically, as the church is currently being shamed for the misconduct to some degree this cycle is continued. Unlike so many books on this topic, this is not about demons in the ranks of priests or nuns, but rather about social forces inside of a faith which help shape the exploitation and abuse of parishioners and others. The author believes this book is just about Catholicism—I disagree. It is about the risks in all faith groups, and for that matter other organizations. (Gary R. Schoener, Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director, Walk-In Counseling Center, Mpls.)
Anson Shupe
A USEFUL TOOL for those readers interested in the intersection between clinical social work and religion, particularly the modern decades-old pedophilia scandal in the Roman Catholic church. It is SOLIDLY REFERENCED on the related problems of incest, child abuse, 'families of faith,' and sexually errant leaders. The author is admirably open about her motives for writing such a book as a former victim exploring the roots of her own victimology and the search for personal closure. Her work joins a growing corpus by critics both inside and outside the Catholic church who by examining the dysfunctional system of rigid patriarchy and secrecy point to the structural remedies needed for healing. (Anson Shupe, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Indiana University-Purdue University)

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