From Publishers Weekly
If there is any light to be found in the darkness of the Catholic clerical sexual abuse scandal, these authors point the way toward it by letting five recovering abusers tell their stories. Fleming and Lauber-Fleming, both psychotherapists, and Matousek, a chemical dependency counselor, say the abusers with whom they have worked professionally all have suffered some kind of trauma, often sexual abuse, that in turn affected their behavior as priests. These stories need to be told, the authors say, in the interest of breaking the cycle of abuse. Abusers whose stories appear in the book had to meet strict criteria, including taking full responsibility for their behavior. The book also includes narratives from three victims, one of whom is Lauber-Fleming, and makes a strong case that priests who abuse are sick, much like alcoholics. The authors insist that such priests can be helped, and they present a proposal for church-sponsored healing dialogues between victim and abuser as well as a model of residential recovery based on a facility directed by Matousek. Readers who are open to hearing the voices of abusers will find a very human portrayal, but one that also offers sound solutions. (Apr. 28)
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From the Publisher
Tales of anguish straight from the news headlines - that is the thrust of Broken Trust. Here are the stories of the priest abusers in their own words - words of anger, repentance, and even self-delusion. Here are the stories of the abuse survivors, laden with pain and trauma. What brought the respected clergy to abuse boys and girls, men and women in their trust? Is there hope for hope for healing? This book explores the devastation and fears of the survivors, and the tragic mistakes by the Catholic hierarchy. The counselors offer their own expert perspectives on the stories, with one perspective particularly meaningful: one of the counselors herself survived clerical sexual abuse.