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Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis : Working for Reform and Renewal - Gregory Erlandson

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Working for Reform and Renewal

Paperback Published: 11th May 2010
ISBN: 9781592768066
Number Of Pages: 207

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You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured." -- Pope Benedict XVI

The True Story

Since 1985, the Catholic Church in the United States has been living in the shadow of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. In 2002, revelations in Boston ignited an institutional nightmare. More recently, the scandal erupted in Ireland and spread across Europe. There is now a rush by some, both inside and outside the Church, to place direct blame upon Pope Benedict XVI.

There is no escaping the fact that Pope Benedict, as the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now as pope, has played a historically pivotal and personal role in the Vatican's response to the crisis.

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis is a groundbreaking, critically objective assessment of the criticism facing the pope as well as a review of his real response to the victims, abusers, bishops, media, and the millions of Catholics worldwide who continue to be justifiably horrified by the scandal. The first and foremost objective for this book is the truth -- no matter how difficult to face -- and letting the pope's record speak for itself.

"No one imagines that this painful situation will be resolved swiftly. Real progress has been made, yet much more remains to be done." -- Pope Benedict XVI

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
A Growing Awareness
The Rise of Joseph Ratzingerp. 17
The Cardinal's "Conversion"p. 24
A Global Crisis
A "Festering Disease"p. 41
The Modern Sex Abuse Crisisp. 49
A Worldwide Scandalp. 63
Benedict and the Road to Renewal
"Where Do We Go from Here?"p. 77
The Way Forwardp. 89
"I Share in Their Suffering"p. 98
Conclusionp. 117
Prayer for Pope Benedict XVIp. 128
Appendices
The Perspective of Canon Law A Commentary on the motu proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutelap. 131
Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations (Released by the Vatican April 10, 2010)p. 146
Statements and Commentary
Commentary and Excerpts: Good Friday, 2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Good Friday Meditations at the Stations of the Crossp. 151
October 28, 2006: Pope Benedict's XVI's ad limina address to the Irish bishopsp. 158
April 15, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's in-flight conference on his way to the United Statesp. 164
April 16, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's address to the bishops of the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conceptionp. 169
April 17, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the Mass at the Washington Nationals Stadiump. 177
April 19, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at St. Patrick's Cathedralp. 182
July 19, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the Mass at the Cathedral of Sydneyp. 187
Commentary and Full Text: March 19, 2010: Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Irelandp. 191
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ISBN: 9781592768066
ISBN-10: 1592768067
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 11th May 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.07 x 13.46  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.2