By Marie Keenan

A meticulously researched inside of examine baby sexual abuse by means of clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting research weaves jointly interviews with abusive clergymen and church ancient and administrative info to suggest a brand new state of mind approximately clerical sexual offenders. Linking the private and the institutional, researcher and therapist Marie Keenan locates the matter of kid sexual abuse no longer completely in person pathology, but in addition inside of better systemic elements, equivalent to the very establishment of priesthood itself, the Catholic tackle sexuality, clerical tradition, strength relatives, governance buildings of the Catholic Church, the method of formation for priesthood and spiritual existence, and the complicated demeanour within which those components coalesce to create critical institutional dangers for boundary violations, together with baby sexual abuse. Keenan attracts at the monks' personal phrases to not excuse their bad crimes, yet to supply the 1st in-depth account of a sad, multi-faceted phenomenon.

What emerges is a troubling portrait of a Church in hindrance and a sequence of innovations that decision for not anything below a brand new ecclesiology and a brand new, extra serious theology. in simple terms via radical institutional reform, Keenan argues, can a extra consultant and dependable Church emerge.

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church is a distinct reference for students of the Church and therapists who paintings with either sufferers and offenders, in addition to a forward-thinking blueprint for reform.

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