Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture

Paperback | July 17, 2013

byMarie Keenan

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A meticulously researched inside look at child sexual abuse by clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting analysis weaves together interviews with abusive priests and church historical and administrative details to propose a new way of thinking about clerical sexual offenders. Linking the personaland the institutional, researcher and therapist Marie Keenan locates the problem of child sexual abuse not exclusively in individual pathology, but also within larger systemic factors, such as the very institution of priesthood itself, the Catholic take on sexuality, clerical culture, powerrelations, governance structures of the Catholic Church, the process of formation for priesthood and religious life, and the complex manner in which these factors coalesce to create serious institutional risks for boundary violations, including child sexual abuse. Keenan draws on the priests' ownwords not to excuse their horrific crimes, but to offer the first in-depth account of a tragic, multi-faceted phenomenon. What emerges is a troubling portrait of a Church in crisis and a series of recommendations that call for nothing less than a new ecclesiology and a new, more critical theology. Only through radical institutional reform, Keenan argues, can a more representative and accountable Church emerge. Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church is a unique reference for scholars of the Church and therapists who work with both victims and offenders, as well as a forward-thinking blueprint for reform.

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A meticulously researched inside look at child sexual abuse by clergy, this exhaustive, hard-hitting analysis weaves together interviews with abusive priests and church historical and administrative details to propose a new way of thinking about clerical sexual offenders. Linking the personaland the institutional, researcher and therap...

Marie Keenan, PhD, is a Researcher and Lecturer at the School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin, and a member of the Advisory Board of the UCD Institute of Criminology. She is Chairperson of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and a registered psychotherapist who has worked for over twenty years with survivors ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:July 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I. Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church, Clerical Men: A Critical Review1. Child Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy: The Scale and History of the Problem2. Organized Irresponsibility (I): The Organizational and Institutional Culture of the Catholic Church3. The View from the Ground: Clerical MenPart II. Theorising Sexual Abuse4. The Individual as the Unit of Analysis5. A Social Approach for Understanding a Social Problem6. Power and GenderPart III. The Irish Case: Its Context and Wider Implications7. Sexuality and Masculinity8. Organized Irresponsibility (II): Clerical Elites, Rules, Obedience, and Loneliness9. The Handling of Abuse Complaints10. Understanding and Explaining Child Sexual Abuse within the Catholic ChurchConclusion: Prospects, Visions, AgendasAppendixGlossaryReferencesIndex