Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012

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Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002–2012 is a thoughtful, multidisciplinary commentary. Beginning when the scandal first broke in Boston in 2002, this first-of-its-kind work offers a wide range of opinion, both positive and negative, on what has been done in the ensuing ten years to stop and prevent such abuse.

Through the contributions here, readers can delve into the world of the church hierarchy and into the minds of abusive priests and their ...

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Overview

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002–2012 is a thoughtful, multidisciplinary commentary. Beginning when the scandal first broke in Boston in 2002, this first-of-its-kind work offers a wide range of opinion, both positive and negative, on what has been done in the ensuing ten years to stop and prevent such abuse.

Through the contributions here, readers can delve into the world of the church hierarchy and into the minds of abusive priests and their victims. The book presents the views of leading academics and psychologists, but also allows the church to speak. First-person insights from victims are shared, as in a chapter written by a woman abused by a clergy member as an adolescent. She explains what happened, the resulting trauma, how she healed, and what she thinks needs to be done to prevent future abuse—a subject that still makes headlines and stirs debate.

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"Plante, a clinical psychologist, and McChesney, who worked with the USCCB to develop its charter, offer a collection of essays by a broad range of contributors, including victims, lawyers, academics, psychologists, and priests themselves, who are living with the dark cloud now cast by the scandal. The essays include a review of the USCCB report and recommendations of change, including the addition of 'human development' for priests in training. Other essays provide historical context for child abuse beyond the Catholic Church, tracing concerns back to the Middle Ages, and more modern context derived from the social upheaval of the 1960s. Contributors also explore how the scandals have opened the church to discussion of issues of celibacy, homosexuality, and the role of women. "

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"A must-read. Summing Up: Essential. All readers."

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"The editors are to be commended for the varied snapshots of this tragically momentous period of Catholic history that are made possible by their choice of contributors. . . . Clinicians and researchers alike would benefit from reading the book to gain better insight into the crises being grappled with by this faith family."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313393877
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Series: Abnormal Psychology Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface|xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Where are we Now?

A Victim's Journey Anonymous 3

1 Tragedy and Travesty: The Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy Thomas G. Plante Kathleen L. McChesney 9

2 Incidence of Clerical Sexual Abuse over Time: Changes in Behavior and Seminary Training between 1950 and 2008 Karen J. Terry Katarina Schuth Margaret Leland Smith 17

Part II The "Dallas" Chapter

3 Journey to the Charter Mark E. Chopko J. Cletus Kiley Francis J. Maniscalco 33

4 The Failure of the Dallas Charter and. Canon Law: A Blessing in Disguise Terrence A. Cairroll 49

5 The Charter Report Card: Have the Bishops Lived up to the Promises Made in Dallas? Kathleen L. McChesney 65

6 Was Archimedes an Insider or an Outsider? Michael R. Merz 79

Part III Church Culture

7 Changing the Culture Bishop Geoffrey J. Robinson 91

8 Vicissitudes of Response to Pastoral Malfeasance: A Sociological View of Church Polity Anson Shupe 103

9 Scandal versus Culture: Mother Church and the Rape of Her Children A, W. Richard Sipe 117

10 Church Governance in Light of the Sex Abuse Scandal: The Need for Financial Accountability, Transparency, and Sound Internal Financial Controls Charles Zech 131

Part IV Reflections from the Faithful, the Victims, and the Clergy

11 Response of the Faithful: Ten Years of Crisis James E, Post 145

12 Te Policy Seeks Silence but the Church Needs Prevention Barbara Blaine 155

13 Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy: The Spiritual Damage Thomas P. Doyle 171

14 A Priest's Perspective on the Crisis Richard Vega 183

Part V Clergy Screening, Formation, and Treatment

15 Psychological Screening of Clergy Applicants: Keeping Those Who Might Harm Children and Others Out of Ministr Thomas G. Plante 195

16 Seminary Formation in Light of the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Pastores Dabo Vobis Gerald D. Coleman 205

17 The Response of Religious Institutes of Men to the Crisis of Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States Monica Applewhite Paul Macke 221

18 Understanding the Treatment of Clerical Sex Offenders Gerard J. McGlone 233

Part VI Conclusion

19 Beyond the Decade of Crisis Kathleen L. McChesney Thomas G. Plante 247

About the Editors and Contributors 253

Index 261

About the Abnormal Psychology Series 269

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    Good collection of essays.

    Sociologist Anson Shupe's essay "Vicissitudes of Response to Pastoral Malfesance" (pp. 103-115) is quite good. (He distinguished the two "waves" of abuse cases, the first from 1984-1998, and the second from 2002 to the present.) The essays by Fathers Thomas Doyle and Gerard McGlone are also insightful. Economist Charles Zech noted that many Catholics are unhappy with the manner in which church finances are handled.

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