• Scrutinizes a decade of action and promises by the Catholic Church in response to the sexual abuse crisis
• Shares the first-person views of victims, victim advocates, clergy members, leading researchers, and critics of the Catholic Church, as well as church advocates
• Provides a history of the most extraordinary decade of the Catholic Church in the United States
• Offers a blueprint Catholic leaders in other countries can follow to reduce the incidence of abuse in their religious communities and dioceses
• Contributions from 20 leading experts on sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, including a federal judge; a social worker; a priest; a bishop; prominent psychologists; and professors of law, crime, and sociology
"Plante, a clinical psychologist, and McChesney, who worked with the USCCB to develop its charter, offer a collection of essays by a broad range of contributors, including victims, lawyers, academics, psychologists, and priests themselves, who are living with the dark cloud now cast by the scandal. The essays include a review of the USCCB report and recommendations of change, including the addition of 'human development' for priests in training. Other essays provide historical context for child abuse beyond the Catholic Church, tracing concerns back to the Middle Ages, and more modern context derived from the social upheaval of the 1960s. Contributors also explore how the scandals have opened the church to discussion of issues of celibacy, homosexuality, and the role of women. "
"A must-read. Summing Up: Essential. All readers."
"The editors are to be commended for the varied snapshots of this tragically momentous period of Catholic history that are made possible by their choice of contributors. . . . Clinicians and researchers alike would benefit from reading the book to gain better insight into the crises being grappled with by this faith family."
"A veritable who's who of experts on clerical sexual abuse have come together to analyze the crisis and make important recommendations for the future."
Thomas J. Reese, SJ, Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University