Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church

Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church

by Thomas G. Plante
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275981754

ISBN-13: 9780275981754

Pub. Date: 03/30/2004

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show what fuels a most horrific violation of trust—sexual abuse by priests—and how the Church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored

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Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show what fuels a most horrific violation of trust—sexual abuse by priests—and how the Church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican Correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. The text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.

This is the first book that gathers experts from a variety of fields to offer thoughtful, objective perspectives regarding what we know about sexual abuse by clergy and what we can do to solve the problem. Attention is given not only to psychological aspects of both the perpetrators and victims, but also to canon law, clergy misconduct review boards, the sexual/celibate agenda of the Church, the challenges for treatment facilities, and barriers to resolution that exist within the Roman Catholic Church.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275981754
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2004
Series:
Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,377,454
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Sin Against the Innocents by Thomas G. Plante

Scandal: The Boston Globe and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church by Michael Rezendes

Clergy Sexual Abuse in the American Catholic Church: The View from the Vatican by John Allen Jr.

Canon Law and the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis: The Failure from Above by Thomas P. Doyle

Pledges, Promises, and Actions: The Road to Resolution of the Crisis of Abuse of Children by Catholic Clergy by Kathleen McChesney

Clergy Sexual Misconduct Oversight Review Boards by Nanette de Fuentes

The Crisis of Sexual Abuse and the Celibate/Sexual Agenda of the Church by A. W. Richard Sipe

Clergy Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality by Gerald D. Coleman

What Have We Learned? Implications for Future Research and Formation by John Allen Loftus

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP): An Action Plan by David Clohessy and Michael Wegs

Perpetrators of Clergy Abuse of Minors: Insights from Attachment Theory by Donna J. Markham and Samuel F. Mikail

Collaboration between the Catholic Church, the Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice Systems Regarding Clergy Sex Offenders by Curtis C. Bryant

The Relationship between the Treatment Facilities and the Church Hierarchy: Forensic Issues and Future Considerations by L. M. Lothstein

Barriers to Responding to the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis within the Roman Catholic Church by John C. Gonsiorek

Episcopal Responsibility for the Sexual Abuse Crisis by William C. Spohn

What the Bishops Failed to Learn from Corporate Ethics Disaster by Kirk Hanson

Conclusion: What Do We Know and Where Do We Need to Go? by Thomas G. Plante

List of Contributors

Appendix: Character for the Protection of Children and Young People, revised edition

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