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Clergy Sexual Abuse

Author: Claire M. Renzetti
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1555538096
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An examination of the clergy sexual abuse crisis from diverse scholarly perspectives

Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned

Author: Thomas G. Plante
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275963866
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Enables research clinical professionals, and clergy to identify the relevant issues in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent sexual abuse committed by Roman Catholic priests.

Predatory Priests Silenced Victims

Author: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136648410
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The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church captured headlines and mobilized public outrage in January 2002. But much of the commentary that immediately followed was reductionistic, focusing on single "causes" of clerical abuse such as mandatory celibacy, homosexuality, sexual repressiveness or sexual permissiveness, anti-Catholicism, and a decadent secular culture. Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims: The Sexual Abuse Crisis and the Catholic Church, a collection of groundbreaking articles edited by Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea and Virginia Goldner, eschews such one-size-fits-all theorizing. In its place, the abuse situation is explored in all its troubling complexity, as contributors take into account the experiences, respectively, of the victim/survivor, the abuser/perpetrator, and the bystander (whether family member, professional/clergy, or the community at large). Setting polemics to the side, Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims provides a sober and sobering analysis of the interlacing historical, doctrinal, and psychological issues that came together in the sexual abuse scandal. It is mandatory reading for all who seek thoughtful, informed commentary on a crisis long in the making and yet to be resolved.

Before Dallas

Author: Nicholas P. Cafardi
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809105809
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The clergy sex abuse scandal and its ongoing fallout have created the greatest crisis in the history of the American Catholic Church. Yet for well over a thousand years, the Church has recognized the problem of clerical abuse of children and has maintained strict canonical punishments for perpetrators, including expulsion from the clerical state. So why did Church leaders favor therapeutic solutions over the provisions of canon law in dealing with decades of abuse? This ground-breaking analysis of the Church?s response to the abuse crisis addresses that very question and engages in a vigorous assessment of the Church?s failures in the light of its own canon law. The author, a civil and canon lawyer, summarizes the history of clerical sexual abuse, from the New Testament era to modern times. He describes the major cases that brought the problem to the forefront in the United States. He goes on to explain why most bishops decided to take the ?therapeutic option? when dealing with abusive priests, rather than subjecting abusers to proper canonical punishments that might have brought the cases to light and resulted in greater sensitivity to the victims themselves. Finally, the author explains what the Church must learn from the abuse crisis.Insightfully written and thoroughly annotated, BEFORE DALLAS will become the accepted reference work on the Church?s legal response to clerical sexual abuse, and an indispensable guide for preventing the tragedy from happening again. It will be essential reading for church historians, canonists, clergy, and all those interested in the future welfare of the Church and her faithful.

The Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

Author: Paul R. Dokecki
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781589014312
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The story of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests has sent shock waves around the nation and will not fade from consciousness or the news. We ask, "How could this happen?" And then we ask, "How could the Catholic Church let this continue for so long—in seeming silence and duplicity?" Paul R. Dokecki, a community psychologist at Vanderbilt University, an active Catholic, and a former board member of the National Catholic Education Association, investigates the crisis not only with the eye of an investigative reporter, but with the analytical skills and training of a psychologist as well. Moreover, he lays the foundation for reasonable and practical reform measures. Through the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the earlier, if less well known but momentous, case in the Diocese of Nashville, Dokecki reports on and analyzes what is ultimately an abuse of power—not only by the clergy but by church officials. As distasteful as these instances may be, they are compelling reading, enlightened by the author's abilities to contextualize these events through the lenses of professional ethics, the human sciences, and ecclesiology. According to Dokecki, these and other instances of clergy sexual abuse reveal a systemic deficiency in the structure and the nature of the church itself, one that has prevented the church from adequately dealing with its own worst sins. Dokecki may shine a spotlight into the church's dark corners—but he does so in the service of enlightenment, calling the church back toward the vision of Vatican II and the spirit of Pope John XXIII—toward a greater transparency, a more open and participatory governance in the church, and for a greatly expanded role for the people of God who make up the church. It is in this way, Dokecki believes, the church will be better able to keep the innocent children of the church safe from harm.

Clergy Sexual Misconduct

Author: John Thoburn
ISBN: 0983271380
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Nearly 10 percent of pastors have adulterous affairs and 15 percent are addicted to Internet pornography. Clergy Sexual Misconduct addresses how prevention, education, and treatment interventions can positively impact all levels of the clergy system. Numerous contributing experts share guidance on how individuals, families, congregants, and denominations can achieve recovery and reconciliation through a systemic approach.

Understanding The Impact Of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Author: Robert A. Mc Mackin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317999207
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The sexual exploitation of a child by one who has been recognized as a representative of God is a sinister assault on that person’s psychosocial and spiritual well-being. Many survivors of such abuse present with a range of symptoms consistent with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as well as common co-occurring problems, including substance abuse, affective lability, and relational conflicts. Yet there are additional themes, particularly the impact of the abuse and institutional betrayal on the family, profound alteration in individual spirituality, and changes in individual and family religious practices, which differentiate this abuse from other traumas. Understanding the profound and multidimensional effects of clergy perpetrated sexual abuse and the betrayal of trust by religious leaders on individuals, families and communities requires the collective wisdom of many voices. This book brings together the perspectives of survivors, practitioners and scholars to examine this unique form of interpersonal violence from theoretical, clinical and spiritual perspectives with consideration given to future research needs. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Child Sex Abuse.

Grand Jury Report On The Sexual Abuse Of Minors By Clergy 2005

Author: Gwendolyn N. Bright
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 1437981526
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Shows how dozens of priests sexually abused hundreds of children; how Phila. Archdiocese officials -- incl. Card. Bevilacqua and Card. Krol -- excused and enabled the abuse; and how the law must be changed so that it doesn't happen again. The abuser priests, by choosing children as targets and trafficking on their trust, were able to delay reports of their sexual assaults, to the point where statues of limitations expired. And Archdiocese officials, by burying those reports and covering up the conduct, similarly managed to outlast any statutes of limitation. Even worse, sexually abusive priests were either left quietly in place or "recycled" to unsuspecting new parishes -- vastly expanding the number of children who were abused. A print on demand report.

Victim To Survivor

Author: Nancy Werking Poling
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1608993434
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One of the church's most shameful secrets is pastors who sexually abuse their congregants. In Victim to Survivor, Nancy Werking Poling offers the harrowing and poignant stories of six women who were sexually abused by their pastors and tell in their own voices what they did about it. In their pain, these victims, survivors, and thrivers dare to call upon the church to be a safe refuge for all people, women and men alike. And in their personal journeys of healing, they demonstrate a tenacious faith, grounded in gospel truth--compelling church leaders to acknowledge this hurtful hypocracy, advocate for healthy pastoral relationships, and finally call pastors to accountability.