Boys of the Cloth: The Accidental Role of Church Reforms in Causing and Curbing Abuse by Priests

Boys of the Cloth: The Accidental Role of Church Reforms in Causing and Curbing Abuse by Priests

by Vincent J. Miles


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Drawing on the author's unusual background as a seminarian turned scientist and business executive, Boys of the Cloth presents a unique analysis of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The book combines a first-hand account of seminary life during the 1960s-a period that turns out to be crucial for understanding the crisis-with explorations of the history of the seminary system, current scientific knowledge about abusive behavior, and the Church's own investigations into the "epidemic" of abuse by its priests. Through the interplay between these topics, two paradoxical conclusions emerge. First, that the epidemic was caused by an ancient reform intended to eradicate rather than encourage clerical corruption. Second, that it was reversed by modern Church policies with no obvious connection to sexual abuse. Boys of the Cloth will transform your understanding of predatory behavior by priests and of measures that will be crucial to prevent it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761859741
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 12/16/2012
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After spending much of his youth in Liverpool’s Catholic seminary training for the priesthood, Vincent J. Miles embarked on a very different career path as a molecular biologist and biotechnology executive. He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University College London and is currently a venture capitalist in the Boston area.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments 1. The Call of God-or My Mother? "Vocation," 1961-62 2. Schools for Scandal: The Role of Seminaries in the Abuse Crisis 3. A World Apart: Upholland College, 1962-63 4. Boys (and Men) of the Cloth: Four Centuries of the Seminary System 5. Tranquility, then Turmoil: Upholland College, 1963-65 6. Descent into Evil: How Priests Became Abusers 7. Changing Times: Upholland College, 1965-69 8. Swung by the Sixties? Understanding the Abuse Epidemic Bibliography Index

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