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Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church Hardcover – November 8, 2008
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"Sacrilege is a relentless examination of the clergy sex abuse crisis with great compassion for the victims.... This book deserves to be read." -- Jason Berry,author of Lead Us Not into Temptation
"Sacrilege is unique and invaluable.... There have been dozens of books written about clergy sex abuse, but this one is a `must-have.'" -- Thomas Doyle, coauthor of Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes
About the Author
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.
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And many obvious questions were left unasked.
Why was there such an apparent dramatic increase in the number of molestation cases in the 1960s and 1970s?
Why isn't the "stunted in adolescence" single sex school background of many offenders and victims not considered as a major contributing factor to the bullying environment?
Why aren't the medical and house cleaning staff who have to deal with the body stitching and linen sanitising of the debris left by attacks in boarding schools not automatically charged with being accessory to the fact for not reporting suspect behaviour?
Podles seems to believe that an abuse victim has the strong potential to become an abuser themselves so, under most circumstances, shouldn't be allowed to hold a religious position. To me that's like believing a child who accidentally pours a pot of boiling water over themselves is going to want to do the same to other children out of revenge for the pain they experienced. A traumatised child's anger at an authority figure, or "God", for betraying their trust and not keeping them out of dangers way perhaps but that's a problem for a philosopher to explain.
One unexpected characteristic of Podles' writing style is his sprinkling of dry sarcasm throughout the text where appropriate especially when examining the behaviour of hypocrites, lay and clergical, who shy away from considering the unthinkable when strong evidence is presented that their idealistic belief systems are faulty.
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1. Sexual abuse of children is statistically no more prevalent in the Catholic Church than in other organizations that deal with youth.Read more