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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Nazca Plains Corporation, The (April 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610982126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610982122
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The publication of my dissertation broke the seal on the Vatican's gay secret. The press dubbed me "The Gay Priest," but my research and what it implies made patently clear that I wasn't the only gay priest. In fact, there is a sizable segment of the clergy population that is gay and these men are forced to live duplicitous lives of repression in secret.
  
The Church's single-minded effort to quash the emerging story and silence me showed that I needed to be "dealt with" in the most severe fashion; an example had to be made of me. If other priests started coming out of the closet, demanding to be treated with dignity and respect it would certainly undercut the entirety of Catholic sexual moral theology--there is no place for non-reproductive sexuality in that paradigm.
  
The irony is that at the same time my story was unfolding an unimaginable scandal, involving hundreds of Catholic priests across the globe, was also brewing. Cardinals, bishops and provincials worldwide were, and still are, furtively shuffling pedophile priest from one crime scene to another. They were, and still are, involved in a massive corporate cover up of their own crimes and those of their brother clergy.
  
While I am being singled out for 13 years of Church vitriol, public character assassination and communal shunning--my superiors claim that they are simply trying to protect the Church from scandal--these same Church leaders and others are lying, prevaricating and sabotaging any effort to uncover the burgeoning clergy sexual abuse scandal that would soon rock the front pages of newspapers all over the world.
  
The public panic, among Church officials, exhibited toward me--a single up-front gay priest in their midst--is in stark contrast to their apathetic and anemic response to the systemic clergy sexual abuse that engulfs them.
  
I am confident making the comparison between my struggle and the clergy sex abuse scandal, because I have first-hand knowledge of this abuse criminality. I was repeatedly sexually molested as a 14-year-old boy in an Oblate seminary in southern Illinois.
  
My story is the story of a Church that will go to any length, even to violate its core principles--Gospel values that form the fundamental tenets of faith--to protect its public image. In other words, this is a story of a Church out of control.

About the Author

Richard Wagner, Ph.D., ACS -- Psychotherapist, Clinical Sexologist in private practice for over 30 years.

He is the only Catholic priest in the world with a doctorate in Human Sexuality. His practice includes a special outreach to survivors of clergy sex abuse and has had many opportunities to work with clergy offenders. He is available as an advocate for clergy abuse survivors -- as a consultant, expert witness and/or therapist.

He is currently working on a follow-up book detailing the sexual molestation he endured at the hands of his Oblate superior while a 14-year-old seminarian in Southern Illinois. And how all subsequent religious superiors he told about these incidences did nothing. The book will investigate the psychological and emotional trauma of clergy sex abuse and its impact on the psychosexual development of abuse victims.

Richard designs, develops and produces long and short-term seminars and workshops for healing and helping professionals including religious leaders. He has provided individual therapy and facilitated support groups for gay clergy of numerous denominations.

He's also been involved in many other sex education and sexual enrichment projects. He's been writing an online sex advice column for over 15 years. His column and weekly podcasts can be found at: drdicksexadvice.com. He also contributes to several other websites as a guest columnist.

He is developing a new site, gaycatholicpriests.org, which is a clearinghouse for news and information about gay clergy worldwide.

He often writes and speaks in the public forum on policy issues related to religion, human sexuality, aging and death and dying. He has been a keynote speaker and/or presenter at numerous conventions and symposia.

More About the Author

Richard Wagner, Ph.D., ACS -- Psychotherapist, Clinical Sexologist in private practice in Seattle, WA. Richard has been a practitioner of sex therapy and relationship counseling for nearly 35 years.

He has also been involved in all sorts of sex-education and sexual-enrichment projects. One such outlet is his online sex advice column, which he's been writing for nearly 20 years years. During that time it's been syndicated on a number of sites. Now his column and weekly podcasts have a home of their own: drdicksexadvice.com. He also contributes to several other websites as a guest columnist.

He is renowned for his long- and short-term seminars and workshops for healing and helping professionals, sexual minorities, men living with and through prostate cancer, and women and men affected by sex abuse and sexual trauma.

He often speaks in the public forum on policy issues related to religion, human sexuality, aging, death and dying, and the clergy sex-abuse scandal. He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and presenter at conventions and symposia.

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This book is one man's tale of the injustice & hypocrisy of the Catholic Church.
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It is an inspiring story of courage and perseverance despite all costs.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Cawdrey on September 15, 2011
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As a former Catholic priest, I thought that I would find some similarities in what I went through in my departure process with Richard's story. I did not leave for the same reasons. Well, not exactly. But Richard's written sharing of his experience resonated with me as a human being, and as a former Catholic, and a former Priest. He is almost overly kind, tolerant, and forgiving of the mean-spirited bureaucrats of his own order as well as with the Church Hierarchy. His experience is remarkably similar to the treatment experienced by lay Catholics going through the struggle of their lives. It is my view that even the term "lay Catholic" is symptomatic of the attitude and practice of the clergy and hierarchy in their self-serving sense of superiority. As painful as it was to be brought so close again to the self-satisfied, mean, even inhumane way Catholics are treated this book made me realise just how much so many Catholics are despised by those in power. So, just because you might not be a priest, former priest, Catholic or even gay, Richard's shared experience will touch your heart as you share the confusion, disbelief, pain and resolve he has been through. I loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Courson VINE VOICE on September 3, 2012
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Richard Wagner, the author of "Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex In The Catholic Church" is a psychotherapist, a clinical sexologist in private practice for over 30 years and the only Catholic priest in the world with a doctorate in Human Sexuality. His practice includes a special outreach to survivors of clergy sex abuse as well as clergy offenders. Although Dr. Wagner remains a Catholic priest, as he always will in the light of the Church's teaching, he has been deprived of his `priestly faculties' and expelled from his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, following the publication of his doctoral thesis dealing with the issues of mental health, emotional well-being and self-fulfillment as they affected his brother gay Catholic priests.

"Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex" is a chilling account of the author's decade-spanning battles with his religious order following the publication of his thesis. The work offers a series of glimpses into the inner-workings of the Catholic Church that depart radically from its publicly-espoused moral positions and ethical standards. It is primarily a story about how a secretive, profoundly self-involved institution whose highest ideal is that of self-protection deals with dissent in its midst, and of the sometimes criminal and very often near-criminal extent to which that institution will go to will go to silence a whistle-blower.

Following the 1981 publication of the author's doctoral thesis there was a firestorm of international publicity, the press dubbing its author "The Gay Priest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By seadick on August 27, 2011
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This is one of the most compelling stories I've ever read about the Church's abuse of power. They simply didn't care if they destroyed a vocation. All they cared about was saving face and keeping the truth from the public.

I commend Richard for his courage and strength. And I am so glad that he included his long out of print doctoral thesis. This is the seminal work in this field and it is finally available to the general public.

A must read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victor H. Hoff on August 29, 2011
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One of the challenges of reading a book that is so perfectly stitched together - as we find here in Dr Richard Wagner's searing indictment of the Catholic Church and his role in it, is finding the choice morsels to highlight the the gripping twelve-plus-years of human degradation that pulled a one-time member of the Oblate community into sharper focus:

What follows then is the one-hundred-plus page accounting of one of the most damning indictments of the Catholic church as seen from the eyes of a single man - Dr. Richard Wagner - whose life, beliefs, everything he stood for and continues to stand for, because fodder for a corrupt church hell-bent on destroying him after producing a seminal work on the sexual nature of celibate priests entitled, "Gay Catholic Priests: A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance," which not only earned him the label of pariah among the church hierarchy but the title of Clinical Sexologist, the first and only kind in the world.

It is the commitment to truth, this un-blinding allegiance to that which is known that lead Wagner down a thirteen year journey of obfuscation, lies, cover-ups and other tools in the Catholic hierarchy bag of tricks that would force Mr. Wagner to have to constantly weigh whether he was going to do the right thing or do the thing that would protect his interests. And, yes, at every step of the way, knowing his faith in the Church was implacable, he choose to do the right thing and paid the highest price of all for it:

The non-fictional re-telling of the book reads like an international murder-mystery complete with a rogue cast of characters who will stop at nothing to bury Wagner's truth, all while hiding beind a cloak of church dogma - pulling and pushing Mr.
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