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Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church Hardcover – November, 2002
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... a wise, well-informed, insightful, truth-telling observer of the Catholic priesthood, seminary life, and broader pastoral activities of church. -- Rev. Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
This book is the next step in a debate which the Catholic community urgently needs. -- Dean R. Hoge, Life Cycle Institute, The Catholic University of America
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What disturbed me about Cozzens was not his substantive thesis, but his timid style. Here he runs the risk of sending the wrong signal to church authorities. He recognizes that there is a systemic problem here; that priests, insofar as they have been involved in the abuse of minors, have overwhelmingly selected teenage boys as opposed to girls and; that, more often than not, far too little was done to protect the children themselves (as opposed to the offending priest, as William F. Buckley has observed). With all this, it would seem incumbent on the Church to study carefully the mental rationalizations used by abusing priests, and flat-out irresponsible not to do so.Read more ›
Sadly, Father Cozzens' concerns are applicable to other religious denominations as well. All of the problems that he describes as existing among Latin Rite Roman Catholics exist, also, within the so-called Protestant denominations.
Father Cozzens' remedy is as appropriate for the rest of the Church catholic as it is for the Roman Catholic church. If the Church is to be saved from its own bureaucracy and episcopacy, the time has come for honest, direct, open, challenging, and painful dialogue. If the laity are to escape the heavy hand of the clergy, so that they too may minister, then the time has come to end clerical privilege.
Father Cozzens prescribes a painful remedy for that which currently ails Christ's Church. Nevertheless, it is a remedy.
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Donald Cozzens is a pastoral psychologist, and president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary of the Diocese of Cleveland. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steven H Propp
This account of the abuses by priests of the Catholic Church is fair but doen'y compare to the book by French which sells for one cent. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Verbena Reverb
Perhaps other titles for this book could be, Unholy Silence or Sinful Silence. Cozzen's book truthfully sheds light and breaks the silence that has been hidden from the laity for... Read morePublished on April 30, 2003
I am also a Catholic priest. Here is a man who was rector of a seminary. Yet he takes no responsibility for the current problems. Instead he dares to offer advice. Read morePublished on March 13, 2003
Donald Cozzens has done the Church an enormous service by asking---with obvious love and Christ-centered courage---some of the hardest and most intractable questions facing anyone... Read morePublished on January 20, 2003