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Edited by Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune and Dr. W. Merle Longwood
Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Trusting the Clergy is an eye-opening collection of Catholic and non-catholic perspectives, statements, and responses regarding Catholic clergy sexual abuse from a public symposium entitled "Trusting the Clergy?"
This book is a unique collection of credible, diverse voices and provides a historical marker for the state of the church's discussion one year after the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston Archdiocese.
The book includes the viewpoints of some of the most influential members of the Catholic Church, such as Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Bishop Howard Hubbard, and Father Donald B. Cozzens, as well as insights and responses from non-Catholics such as Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune and Carolyn Moore Newberger.
"Fortune and Longwood have brought valuable new perspectives to the on-going debate over clergy sexual abuse. It's refreshing to hear some often neglected voices that aren't the 'usual suspects' weighing in with nuanced views of such a critical topic..." —David Clohessy, National Director, SNAP
"A remarkable achievement...brings together a number of reasoned multidisciplinary voices...Adds much needed insight and clarity to this challenging problem. Thoughtful and data-driven...Anyone interested in the topic will benefit from reading this book." —Thomas G. Plante, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Psychology Department, Santa Clara University
110 pp; Haworth Press, 2004