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Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis / Edition 1

Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis / Edition 1

by Philip Jenkins
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ISBN-13: 9780195145977
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 443,565
Product dimensions: 9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Philip Jenkins, one of the world's leading religion scholars joined Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion as Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion.

Table of Contents

1.The Construction of Problems and Panics3
Recognizing a Problem
The Process of Social Construction
Alternative Views
Constructing "Pedophile Priests"
The Catholic Dimension
Unconstructed Cases
The Book
2.The Anti-Catholic Tradition19
Anticlericals and Anti-Catholics
The American Inheritance
The Sexual Component
Puritan Pornography
Homosexuals and Pedophiles
The Sins of the Fathers
The German "Pedophile Crisis"
The Decline of Anti-Catholicism?
3.The Discovery of Clergy Sex Abuse33
An Age of Innocence?
The 1980s
The Impact of the Gauthe Case, 1984-1989
Facing Facts?
The New Wave of Cases, 1989-1992
Crisis in Chicago, 1991-1994
The Cases Proliferate
"Priest of Porn"
The Porter Case, 1992-1993
The Cycle
Restoring Trust
Not Just Catholics
4.The Media and the Crisis53
Reporting the Problem
The Use of Language
The Cartoon Vision
Fall from Grace
A Historical Context
"Conspiracy of Silence"?
Changing Media Values
Constructing Crisis
Recreating the Cases
Defending the Church?
5.Pedophilia and Child Abuse77
Defining the Problem
How Many Priests?
Child Abuse: A Historical Context
The Age of Complacency
Formulating Child Abuse
Scale and Effects
Reframing the Sex Offender
Framing Clergy Sex Offenders
Treating Clergy Abusers
6.Conflict in the Churches95
The Origins of Conflict
Gender, Sexuality, and Authority
Clergy Abuse as a Liberal Issue
The Media and the Catholic Reformers
The Rhetoric of Reform
Reforms as Remedy: Celibacy and the Seminaries
Interpreting Clergy Abuse
Impact of the Scandals
7."Sins of the Fathers": The Feminist Response113
Feminism and Sexual Abuse
Feminism in the Churches
The Theology of Abuse
Feminists and Clergy Abuse
The Uses of Abuse
8.The Legal Environment125
The Litigation Explosion
Litigating Child Abuse
Clergy Abuse in the Courts
Expanding the Liability Net
The Effects of Litigation
Defending the Suits
9.Defending Therapy139
Believing the Children
Ritual Child Abuse
The Recovered-Memory Debate
Recovered Memory and Clergy-Abuse Allegations
Clergy Abuse and Ritual Abuse
Defending Therapy
Survivor Movements
10.Meanings and Directions153
Constructing the Problem
The Church and the World
Sects and Scandals
Values, Authority, and Religious Change
Therapeutic Values
The Rhetoric of Religious Problems
"The Greatest Crisis"?
Understanding Clergy Abuse: Activism and Audience

What People are Saying About This

Richard John Neuhaus

While he may overestimate the long-term consequences of the malfeasance he examines, Philip Jenkins' admirable study is without doubt the best account we have of clerical sexual scandal and the way it has been exploited by contending forces within contemporary religion and the media. The book is a model of scholarly and judicious treatment of a subject much sensationalized and therefore much misunderstood.
—(The Reverend Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things)

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Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
aulsmith on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book examines the conflicting ideas about child sexual molestation in the latter half of the 20th century and explains how the Catholic Church got caught in an older model as a new one was replacing it. This is an excellent book, by no means absolving the Church, but going a long way towards explaining how the priestly abuse scandal is not just about evil, uncaring prelates.