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Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis Paperback – May 17, 2001
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"A thorough, academic study that convincingly challenges the popular estimate of the extent of pedophiles in the Church."--Publishers Weekly
"Philip Jenkins...brings to the issue of clergy abuse an experienced eye. Pedophiles and Priests is a fine cautionary tale that should give all parties to the pedophile-priest crisis something to think about."--The New York Times Book Review
"For those who have been offended by the media coverage of the 'epidemic' of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, here at last is somewhere to turn for the facts."--National Review
"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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Anyone with an interest in the current crisis would benefit from reading Professor Jenkins' sane, calm, and lucid analysis.
Highly recommended. Very clear, accessible, and thoroughly researched.
Yet over and over media reports refer to pedophilia within the Church. The thought struck me that we are experiencing a strange kind of double bind wherein both critics and supporters of the Church have been helping the story develop along the line that maximizes their political gains and minimizes their losses. Enemies of the Church harp on about pedophilia since the idea of sex with little children is so sickening that they could quickly get the attention of an otherwise indifferent public.Read more ›
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Philip Jenkins (born 1952) teaches history and religious studies at Penn State University and Baylor University; he has written many other books such as The New Anti-Catholicism:... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Steven H Propp
So many reports and news headlines poured out and much outrage as facts never were considered or reviewed. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Freedom First
As a psychologist, I have done a great deal of research on this subject as a part of my doctoral program. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Mercedes
I was about to buy Professor Jenkins' very interesting looking book "The Lost History of Christrianity" when I noticed this absurd tome. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Wills M
I thought this book was going to be about priests who molested children, but instead, it is about the way the public looks at the priest sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Melanie Z.
I thought the author didn't seem to have very coherent arguments or presentations of facts. He also seemed to downplay the role of the church cover up of priests molesting... Read morePublished on February 16, 2011 by B. Jensen
Philip Jenkins "Pedophile and Priests" is the classic resource for anyone interested in obtaining an even-handed review of the contemporary clerical abuse scandal involving the... Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Peter S. Bradley
Personally I found this book to be little more than a GRE verbal refresher course. Sure, it is objective and balanced but so impassionate that such a contentious issue seems like... Read morePublished on July 29, 2004 by Lillith
This is a non-Catholic scholar who makes the case that there is an objective anti-Catholic agenda at work behind the expolitation of the relatively few cases of sexual abuse in the... Read morePublished on July 10, 2002