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The Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis : Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Community - Paul R. Dokecki

The Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

Reform and Renewal in the Catholic Community

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The story of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests has sent shock waves around the nation and will not fade from consciousness or the news. We ask, "How could this happen?" And then we ask, "How could the Catholic Church let this continue for so long-in seeming silence and duplicity?" Paul R. Dokecki, a community psychologist at Vanderbilt University, an active Catholic, and a former board member of the National Catholic Education Association, investigates the crisis not only with the eye of an investigative reporter, but with the analytical skills and training of a psychologist as well. Moreover, he lays the foundation for reasonable and practical reform measures.

Through the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the earlier, if less well known but momentous, case in the Diocese of Nashville, Dokecki reports on and analyzes what is ultimately an abuse of power-not only by the clergy but by church officials. As distasteful as these instances may be, they are compelling reading, enlightened by the author's abilities to contextualize these events through the lenses of professional ethics, the human sciences, and ecclesiology. According to Dokecki, these and other instances of clergy sexual abuse reveal a systemic deficiency in the structure and the nature of the church itself, one that has prevented the church from adequately dealing with its own worst sins.

Dokecki may shine a spotlight into the church's dark corners-but he does so in the service of enlightenment, calling the church back toward the vision of Vatican II and the spirit of Pope John XXIII-toward a greater transparency, a more open and participatory governance in the church, and for a greatly expanded role for the people of God who make up the church. It is in this way, Dokecki believes, the church will be better able to keep the innocent children of the church safe from harm.

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Uses three lenses to examine the sexual abuse crisis: professional ethics, human science, and theological. The treatment is clear, focused, and readable. He tells the story from the view of Nashville, where one notorious local priest triggered a wave of legal and community action, including the creation of Nashville VOTF. He relates the Nashville story to the story taking shape in Boston. There is an extensive discussion of VOTF, including Nashville VOTF, which is very valuable. Readers outside of Boston will also benefit because Dokecki's story shows how local communities everywhere can organize, focus their efforts, and promote meaningful change. Voice of the Faithful Newsletter

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
One Clergy Sexual Abuser's Storyp. 13
Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Worldp. 53
Professional Ethics and the Clergy Sexual Abuse Systemp. 97
Human Science Perspectives on the Clergy Sexual Abuse Systemp. 125
Ecclesiological Perspectives on the Clergy Sexual Abuse System: The Context of Reformp. 165
Toward Reforms Addressing and Preventing Clergy Sexual Abusep. 208
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 248
Indexp. 265
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781589010062
ISBN-10: 158901006X
Series: The Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st February 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 16.15  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.38