Leon J. Podles worked for twenty years as a Federal investigator. He received a Catholic education, attended seminary for a time, and earned his Ph. D. from the University of Virginia. He is author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity (Spence, 1999) and a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mare Christianity. His writing has appeared in America, The American Spectator, Crisis, and other publications. He serves on the board of BishopAccountability.org.
Nevertheless, it's a valuable work I highly recommend, with the exception of the author's theorizing.
That said: To date, Podle's book is the most comprehensive, graphic and brutally honest book on the subject of clerical sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
Having read just about every book on the topic I find Podles' book a heavyweight in the very best sense.
A disturbing and confronting book with lots of clinical detail but to me there was not enough of an attempt in the conclusion chapter to find the underlying causes that allowed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T E Fisk
I have read a number of books on sex abuse of boys in the Catholic church, the Boy Scouts, etc., and this is the most comprehensive (I am not a Catholic). Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by othoniaboys
Podles is a must read for all Catholics, especially those with children. He lays out a long history of child sexual abuse with careful footnoting. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by FrivFort
While I do not agree with some of Mr. Podles' strong convictions (e.g., that homosexuality is a disorder), I must give his authorship five stars for this book's extraordinary... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Emily Zimmerman
Leon Podles has written a comprehensive, tough overview of the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Lee Penn
The author beats the reader to death with the same information, over and over. The only justification for this is support of the victims, and one can hardly argue with that. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Charles A. Schuler
First, a couple of caveats:
1. Sexual abuse of children is statistically no more prevalent in the Catholic Church than in other organizations that deal with youth. Read more
This is a tremendous and tough read. Leon Podles book is a challenging book to read because he has courageously broke through many psychological barriers. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by William B. Ross
This is the first time I have ever written a review of a book that I have not been able to finish. But as a Catholic I found Sacrilege so painful to read that I only could get into... Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Joseph D. Policano