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A gospel of shame : children, sexual abuse and the Catholic Church

Author: Elinor Burkett; Frank Bruni
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1993.
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Over the past few years, a relentless crescendo of revelations about Catholic priests molesting children has riveted the nation's attention and raised urgent, previously unthinkable questions: Just how widespread is child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy? Why hasn't the Catholic Church done more to stop it? In A Gospel of Shame, authors Elinor Burkett and Frank Bruni provide the answers, which turn out to be
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Burkett, Elinor.
Gospel of shame.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1993
(OCoLC)624197061
Online version:
Burkett, Elinor.
Gospel of shame.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1993
(OCoLC)631178743
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor Burkett; Frank Bruni
ISBN: 067084828X 9780670848287
OCLC Number: 28292838
Description: ix, 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: While God Wasn't Watching --
Revelations --
Genesis --
Suffer the Children --
False Idols --
The Silencing of the Lambs --
Casting Out Lepers --
The Crucifixion of Innocence --
Cardinal Sins --Unspoken Covenant --
Bitter Fruits --
A Path to Redemption --
Epilogue: Amazing Grace.
Responsibility: Elinor Burkett, Frank Bruni.

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Over the past few years, a relentless crescendo of revelations about Catholic priests molesting children has riveted the nation's attention and raised urgent, previously unthinkable questions: Just how widespread is child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy? Why hasn't the Catholic Church done more to stop it? In A Gospel of Shame, authors Elinor Burkett and Frank Bruni provide the answers, which turn out to be infuriating and heartbreaking, difficult to accept but impossible to dismiss. The authors painstakingly document and vividly detail dozens of cases across the country and reveal how this heinous abuse of trust has been tacitly sanctioned by the Church's silence.

Opening with the story of James Porter, a former priest scheduled to be tried in late 1993 for mass molestation, the book uses interviews with victims to examine children's unique vulnerability to priests and with priest abusers to explore their dangerous isolation. It documents the failure of prosecutors, judges, psychologists and reporters to monitor bishops, who spend millions of dollars to protect the Church's image rather than its believers. Finally, it dares to ask - and answer - the question of why such a seemingly disproportionate number of priests molest children. Without indicting the Church, Burkett and Bruni argue that the demands of the priesthood and the hierarchical structure decreed by Rome foster a climate perilous to the young. Their insights are culled from extensive interviews with many of the nation's foremost experts on child sexual abuse and even some of the Catholic Church's most respected American bishops.

But A Gospel of Shame is no dry academic treatise. It is gripping journalism, weaving unforgettable anecdotes of individual abuse and institutional cover-up. And it is essential reading - not just for clergy and laity, but for anyone concerned about the welfare of children and the forces that lead to their victimization.

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