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Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Trusting the Clergy?, 1st Edition

By Merle Longwood

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132 pages

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Examine the reactions of leading clergy to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal!

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church is an eye-opening collection of Catholic and non-Catholic perspectives, statements, and responses regarding Catholic clergy sexual abuse from a public symposium entitled “Trusting the Clergy?” This book includes the viewpoints of some of today’s most influential members of the Catholic Church, such as Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Bishop Howard Hubbard, and Father Donald B. Cozzens. It will bring you up to date on the ways in which the American Catholic bishops have dealt, or are attempting to deal, with the sexual abuse scandal.

In Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Harry J. Flynn offers a bishop’s perspective on the sexual abuse crisis and describes how the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) has responded to issues of clergy sexual abuse since the 1980s. Fr. Donald B. Cozzens summarizes what has been learned from the clergy abuse crisis, and then moves to the systemic issues that need to be addressed—not just personal relationships but issues of structure and meaning. This book also includes viewpoints about the Catholic Church from renowned scholars and non-Catholic church leaders, including Michael J. Bland and Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune.

This book offers presentations on:

  • the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People created by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB)
  • the need for the Catholic hierarchy to convert from “an institutional protection agenda” to “a justice-making agenda”
  • understanding the abusers’ modes of operation and motivations
  • identifying future potential sexual abusers attempting to enter the priesthood
  • including the sexual abuse of adults as well as children as future agenda issues
  • the data the Church compiles on the numbers of perpetrators, victims, and costs associated with the scandal
  • determining whom to believe when there are conflicting stories
  • the impact of the clergy sexual abuse crisis on Latino and African-American communities
Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church provides a historical marker for the state of the church’s discussion one year after the Boston Archdiocese was faced with intense media scrutiny resulting in the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law. This book is a unique collection of credible, diverse voices engaged in public discussion of a difficult social problem facing the church. Use it to formulate your own opinion on how the Catholic community is responding to the sexual abuse scandal.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction (W. Merle Longwood)
  • Symposium Greetings (Kevin E. Mackin)
  • Keynote: Dallas and Beyond—Perspectives of a Bishop and Pastor (Harry J. Flynn)
  • Trusting the Clergy: A Response to Archbishop Harry J. Flynn (Michael J. Bland)
  • What Is the Agenda? A Response to Archbishop Harry J. Flynn (Marie M. Fortune)
  • The Sexual Abuse Crisis: What Have We Learned? A Response to Archbishop Harry J. Flynn (Carolyn Moore Newberger)
  • Keynote: The Sexual Abuse Crisis: What Issues Do We Still Have to Face? (Donald B. Cozzens)
  • Ethics and Legalities: A Response to Fr. Donald B. Cozzens (Marie M. Fortune)
  • Response to Fr. Donald B. Cozzens (Howard J. Hubbard)
  • The Sexual Abuse Crisis—Issues We Still Have to Face: Response to Fr. Donald B. Cozzens (Carolyn Moore Newberger)
  • RESPONSES TO CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE BY LOCAL LAY LEADERS
    REPRESENTING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
  • A Response to Clergy Sexual Abuse: A Latina Perspective (Ladan Alomar)
  • A Response to Clergy Sexual Abuse: An African American Perspective (Anne M. Pope)
  • The Church and Gay Men: A Spiritual Opportunity in the Wake of the Clergy Sexual Crisis (Robert L Miller, Jr.)
  • Conclusion (Marie M. Fortune)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAM001000
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / General
REL000000
RELIGION / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General