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Sin against the innocents : sexual abuse by priests and the role of the Catholic Church
Plante, Thomas G.
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Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2004]

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xxvii, 226 pages ; 25 cm.
Scandal : the Boston Globe and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church / Michael Rezendes -- Clergy sexual abuse in the American Catholic Church : the view from the Vatican / John Allen Jr. -- Canon law and the clergy sex abuse crisis : the failure from above / Thomas P. Doyle -- Pledges, promises, and actions : the road to resolution of the crisis of abuse of children by Catholic clergy / Kathleen McChesney -- Clergy sexual misconduct oversight review boards / Nanette de Fuentes -- The crisis of sexual abuse and the celibate/sexual agenda of the Church / A.W. Richard Sipe -- Clergy sexual abuse and homosexuality / Gerald D. Coleman -- What have we learned? : implications for future research and formation / John Allan Loftus -- Survivors network of those abused by priests (SNAP) : an action plan / David Clohessy and Michael Wegs -- Perpetrators of clergy abuse of minors : insights from attachment theory / Donna J. Markham and Samuel F. Mikail -- Collaboration between the Catholic Church, the mental health, and the criminal justice systems regarding clergy sex offenders / Curtis C. Bryant -- SThe relationship between the treatment facilities and the church hierarchy : forensic issues and future considerations -- Leslie M. Lothstein -- Barriers to responding to the clergy sexual abuse crisis within the Roman Catholic Church / John C. Gonsiorek -- Episcopal responsibility for the sexual abuse crisis / William C. Spohn -- What the bishops failed to learn from corporate ethics disaster / Kirk O. Hanson -- Conclusion: what do we know and where do we need to go? / Thomas G. Plante.
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Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show what fuels a most horrific violation of trust--sexual abuse by priests--and how the Church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican Correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. The text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.

This is the first book that gathers experts from a variety of fields to offer thoughtful, objective perspectives regarding what we know about sexual abuse by clergy and what we can do to solve the problem. Attention is given not only to psychological aspects of both the perpetrators and victims, but also to canon law, clergy misconduct review boards, the sexual/celibate agenda of the Church, the challenges for treatment facilities, and barriers to resolution that exist within the Roman Catholic Church.

Author Notes

Thomas G. Plante is Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Consulting Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University

Table of Contents

J. Harold EllensThomas G. PlanteMichael RezendesJohn Allen Jr.Thomas P. DoyleKathleen McChesneyNanette de FuentesA. W. Richard SipeGerald D. ColemanJohn Allan LoftusDavid Clohessy and Michael WegsDonna J. Markham and Samuel F. MikailCurtis C. BryantLeslie M. LothsteinJohn C. GonsiorekWilliam C. SpohnKirk O. HansonThomas G. Plante
Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
1. Scandal: The Boston Globe and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Churchp. 1
2. Clergy Sexual Abuse in the American Catholic Church: The View from the Vaticanp. 13
3. Canon Law and the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis: The Failure from Abovep. 25
4. Pledges, Promises, and Actions: The Road to Resolution of the Crisis of Abuse of Children by Catholic Clergyp. 39
5. Clergy Sexual Misconduct Oversight Review Boardsp. 47
6. The Crisis of Sexual Abuse and the Celibate/Sexual Agenda of the Churchp. 61
7. Clergy Sexual Abuse and Homosexualityp. 73
8. What Have We Learned? Implications for Future Research and Formationp. 85
9. Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP): An Action Planp. 97
10. Perpetrators of Clergy Abuse of Minors: Insights from Attachment Theoryp. 101
11. Collaboration between the Catholic Church, the Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice Systems Regarding Clergy Sex Offendersp. 115
12. The Relationship between the Treatment Facilities and the Church Hierarchy: Forensic Issues and Future Considerationsp. 123
13. Barriers to Responding to the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis within the Roman Catholic Churchp. 139
14. Episcopal Responsibility for the Sexual Abuse Crisisp. 155
15. What the Bishops Failed to Learn from Corporate Ethics Disastersp. 169
16. Conclusion: What Do We Know and Where Do We Need to Go?p. 183
Appendix Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Revised Editionp. 193
Indexp. 203
About the Series Editor and Advisersp. 217
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 221