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Sex, priests, and secret codes : the Catholic Church's 2000-year paper trail of sexual abuse
Doyle, Thomas P.
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Los Angeles : Volt Press, [2006]

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xii, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Doyle, a priest, A.W.R. Sipe, and Patrick J. Wall, both former Benedictine monks, have worked with priests, victims, and church officials on issues of child sexual abuse by priests for many years, and here argue that the sexual abuse of children by clergy has been going on since the first century of Christianity. They discuss the extent of clerical child abuse, the harm that betrayal and abuse inflicts on its victims, and the failure of the hierarchy to manage priest perpetrators or provide succor to the children. Annotation #169; 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Pt. 1. Sexual abuse by priests : history speaks -- Ch. 1. Clerical sexual abuse : the paper trail -- Ch. 2. Sex, sin, and psychiatry -- Pt. 2. The church on notice -- Ch. 3. Canon law, civil law, and psychiatry speak out -- Ch. 4. The problem of sexual molestation by Roman Catholic clergy : meeting the problem in a comprehensive and responsible manner -- Pt. 3. The church in court -- Ch. 5. The perils of courtroom exposure -- Ch. 6. How the bishops knew and when they knew it -- Ch. 7. Files, secrecy, and confidentiality : the ongoing debate -- Ch. 8. Religious duress : the power of the priesthood -- Ch. 9. Who owns Catholic church property? : a primer -- Ch. 10. Ecclesiastical shell game -- Epilogue : lost and found : speaking to history -- Ch. 11. Loss of faith : in the wake of betrayal -- Ch. 12. Healing steps : forgiving the hierarchy -- Ch. 13. Talking with the bishops : challenge for a new century -- Chronology of the paper trail - 60 CE to 2004.
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