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Predatory priests, silenced victims : the sexual abuse crisis and the Catholic Church

The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church captured headlines and mobilized public outrage in January 2002. But much of the commentary that immediately followed was reductionistic, focusing on single "causes" of clerical abuse such as mandatory celibacy, homosexuality, sexual repressiveness or sexual permissiveness, anti-Catholicism, and a decadent secular culture. "Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims: The Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church", a collection of groundbreaking articles edited by Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea and Virginia Goldner, eschews such one-size-fits all theorizing. In its place, the abuse situation is explored in all its troubling complexity, as contributors take into account the experiences, respectively, of the victim/survivor, the abuser/perpetrator, and the bystander (whether family member, professional/clergy, or the community at large). Setting polemics to the side, "Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims" provides a sober and sobering analysis of the interlacing historical, doctrinal, and psychological issues that came together in the sexual abuse scandal. It is mandatory reading for all who seek thoughtful, informed commentary on a crisis long in the making and yet to be resolved
Print Book, English, 2007
Analytic Press, Mahwah, N.J., 2007
xviii, 259 pages ; 24 cm
9780881634242, 0881634247
Preface: From the bayou to Boston : history of a scandal / Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
Introduction : The Catholic sexual abuse crisis : gender, sex, power, and discourse / Virginia Goldner
Abusive priests : who they were and were not / Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea and Virginia Goldner
Priests who sexualize minors : psychodynamic, characterological, and clerical considerations / Gerald E. Kochansky and Murray Cohen
A love addiction : psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an offending priest / Andrea Celenza
Can you imagine? / Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
Failed "Fathers," boys betrayed / Richard B. Gartner
Surviving what I know ; living is what I am learning / Kathleeen M. Dwyer
Severed selves and unbridged truths / Father M
Sexual abuse, spiritual formation, and psychoanalysis / Tom Lewis
How could it happen? An analysis of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal / James Martin
Clericalism and Catholic clergy sexual abuse / Thomas P. Doyle
Clergy sexual misconduct : Episcopal and Roman Catholic clergy / Anne Richards
A Protestant approach to clergy sexual abuse / Laurie J. Ferguson
Women priests and clergy sexual miscondct / L. Murdock Smith
The priestly phallus : a study in iconography / Mary Gordon
Celibacy and misogyny / Gillian Walker
The confusion of priestly secrets / Mark D. Jordan