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A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church

by Frank Bruni, Elinor Burkett

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The relentless crescendo of revelations of sexual abuse in the nation's Catholic churches has rocked the nation. Just how widespread is child sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy? And why hasn't the Catholic church done more to stop it?

In A Gospel of Shame, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalists Elinor Burkett and Frank Bruni provide the answers to these questions and more. The answers, however, turn out to be infuriating and heartbreaking, difficult to accept but impossible to dismiss. The authors thoroughly document dozens of cases across the country and reveal how this heinous abuse of trust has been tacitly sanctioned by the Church's silence.

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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.… (more)

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