Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byPhilip Jenkins

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This volume takes a close, dispassionate look at the entire history of the issue of sexual abuse among the clergy, and especially among the Roman Catholic clergy. From the first rumblings to today's headlines, Philip Jenkins has written a fascinating, exhaustive, and, above all, even-handedaccount that not only puts this particular crisis in perspective, but offers an eye-opening look at the way in which an issue takes hold of the popular imagination. Jenkins reassures us about our local clergy, but also delivers a disturbing message about how vulnerable we are to the news media.Meticulously documented and dispassionately argued, this volume marks a watershed in the discussion of an issue of enormous current interest, one that will not disappear from the headlines any time soon.

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This volume takes a close, dispassionate look at the entire history of the issue of sexual abuse among the clergy, and especially among the Roman Catholic clergy. From the first rumblings to today's headlines, Philip Jenkins has written a fascinating, exhaustive, and, above all, even-handedaccount that not only puts this particular cri...

Philip Jenkins is a Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His books include Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Britain and Using Murder: The Social Construction of Serial Homicide.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 0.71 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"While he may overestimate the long-term consequences of the malfeasance he examines, Philip Jenkins' admirable study is without doubt the best account we have of clerical sexual scandal and the way it has been exploited by contending forces within contemporary religion and the media. The bookis a model of scholarly and judicious treatment of a subject much sensationalized and therefore much misunderstood."--The Reverend Richard John Neuhaus, editor in chief of First Things