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Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (Abnormal Psychology) 1st Edition

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"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." - PsycCRITIQUES

"A must-read. Summing Up: Essential. All readers." - Choice

"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. " - Booklist Online

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"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)

"This thoughtful book is a must read for those interested and involved with the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The authors have done a great service to both the Church and our society." (Robert S. Bennett, Former Member of the National Review Board)

"Much has been written by many who have only a peripheral understanding of clergy sexual abuse. In this book however, Drs. Thomas Plante and Kathleen McChesney provide their unique insights gained from dealing directly with the toughest parts of the crisis in the Catholic Church. They, and the book's other contributors, have a deep understanding of this horrible evil in our Church―a Church that has been greatly wounded by this scandal and needs to be healed. All of us who have suffered with the victims will learn much from this book. and it will greatly assist in the healing of the Church and in creating structures that prevent these abuses from ever happening again." (Sister Carol Keehan, DC, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA))

"Practical and effective reform can be the legacy of this book! Everyone who cares about protecting children from sexual abuse by trusted others should read this sourcebook on clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Seen from the perspectives of those most knowledgeable―both inside and outside the church―the authors explain the why and how of sexual exploitation of adolescents by those charged with protecting them." (Charol Shakeshaft, PhD, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University)
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Product Details

  • Series: Abnormal Psychology
  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (October 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313393877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313393877
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Few topics during the past decade have received the kind of constant media attention, heated debate, and expressions of such strong viewpoints and emotions as that of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Yet behind the media frenzy are thousands of personal stories of vulnerable children and teens who were sexually violated by members of the clergy and thousands of astonishing stories of how bishops and other religious superiors often failed to protect victims and attempted to avoid scandal by covering up, denying, and minimizing these crimes.

The clergy abuse story is about too many bishops and priests behaving badly when they claim to be and are viewed [by many people] as the moral, religious, and ethical mentors and leaders of society...

The purpose of this book is to bring together some of the best minds on this topic--individuals who have been personally and professionally involved with the issue--in order to offer reflections about where we are ten years after the clergy abuse crisis unfolded...

We hope that this book will enable others to better understand and deal with clergy sexual abuse and to find ways to make this problem of the past and not of the future."

The above comes from the preface of this thoughtful, multidisciplinary book which consists of essays written by 23 authors. (Five essays have more than one author and one author is anonymous.)

Here are some facts about this book's authors:

(1) Ten have a PhD
(2) Seven are university professors
(3) Three are psychologists
(4) Two are abuse survivors
(5) Four are lawyers/judges.
(6) Eight are reverends/priests.
(7) One is a bishop.
(8) One is a criminologist.
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Very thorough research & presentation of this issue. Easy to find specifics on the research done by others as well.
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