HOPKINS, Nancy Myer, and LAASER, Mark (editors), Restoring the Soul of a Church
, 1995, The Order of St. Benedict, Inc. Collegeville, MN, USA.
Articles about how to heal congregations, work with victims, deal with the abuser, and more.
(by courtesy of Pokrov Book Recommendations www.pokrov. org/Pokrov/ resourc.html
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VANVONDEREN, Jeffrey, When God's People Let You Down / How to Rise Above Hurts That Often Occur Within the Church
(By courtesy of Pokrov Book Recommendations www.pokrov. org/ Pokrov/ resourc.html
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FORTUNE, Marie, 1989 / 1999, Is Nothing Sacred? The Story of a Pastor, the Women he Sexually Abused, and the Congregation he Nearly Destroyed;
Harper, San Francisco.
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ORMEROD, Neil and Thea, 1995, When Ministers Sin; Sexual Abuse in the Churches;
Millenium Books, Sydney.
It was written from a Christian perspective, covering Catholic and other Western Churches, and sex abuse of children, teenagers and adults of both genders. It compared the Church leaders' hiding reaction to what they ought to have done.
Scriptural explanations are given covering the problem of evil, and the book argued the idea that the Old Testament demand on Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac (Genesis 22:2) arose from "compulsive religious fanaticism" (p 95), and this and the New Testament idea of the sacrificial death of Jesus could be thought of as parental child abuse. (p 97) After quoting Jesus's remarks including "whoever wishes to be first . . . must be slave of all" in Mark 10:42-45, the book states: "Until the Christian churches develop cultures and structures which minimize the possibilities of such abuse, they will not be following the example of Jesus." (p 106)
The book also gave case histories, including abuse by non-celibate and celibate male clergy and by a nun sexually molesting a female.
Besides listing important previous books and articles on the subject,
the book stated that the three key books about pastoral sexual abuse were by Marie Fortune 1989, Peter Rutter 1989, and Karen Lebacqz and Ronald G. Barton 1991. (p xi)
The preface was by Dorothy McRae-McMahon, national director for mission, Uniting Church in Australia.
Neil Ormerod was listed as a theologian and author, dean of studies, St Paul's Seminary, Sydney, and Thea Ormerod with a degree in social work worked as a domestic violence project officer. They had four children; 178 plus xiv pp, 15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 inches), soft covers, footnotes, no index, select bibliography. $13.20 from Elizabeth's, Perth, Mar 2003 (previous price $19.95).
• PORTER, Dr Muriel, 2003, Sex, Power and the Clergy,
This was written by an insider, tells the story of the current crisis and asks the hard questions: why have Church leaders failed again and again to deal with sexual abuse? Is celibacy to blame in the Catholic Church? Is unfettered clergy power and lack of accountability a factor? Or is the true cause much deeper - the Churches' failure to come to terms with their ancient suspicion of both women and sexuality?
$29.95 including GST from Anglican Media Bookshop
also wrote Sex, Marriage and the Church: Patterns of Change,
$18.65 inc GST. Muriel Porter knows well the resistance of churches in dealing with very sensitive and explosive issues. She's an active Anglican who has sat on church synods, she is married to priest Brian Porter, and she's a journalist and author.
Muriel has been awarded the Order of Australia for her advocacy of women's and social justice issues in the church, and she is the author of many books, including her latest, Sex, Power and the Clergy.
" -- Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Religion, The Spirit of Things, "Sex, Power and the Clergy," www.abc.net.au/ rn/relig/spirit/ stories/s841561.htm
with Rachael Kohn, on Sunday 4 May 2003.
The book's launch was reported in The Melbourne Anglican
"Sexual abuse: a question of power," by Roland Ashby, pp 1 and 3, June 2003.
The above book is also available for $29.95 at St John's Books, Highgate Court, 26 Queen St, (behind Travelworld) Fremantle,W.A.; Tel 08 9335 1982, freo § tpg com au
; advertisement The Anglican Messenger
, Perth, W. Australia, p 16, Sep 2003
ROSE, Michael S., 2002, Goodbye, Good Men:
How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church; Regnery Publishing, Washington.
UNITED STATES: The child sex-abuse crimes in the U.S. and some causes. Some U.S. seminaries prefer their versions of "diversity", "inclusion," and "tolerance" to traditional clean holy living.
He tells of a seminarian, John Bollard, who sued people in a Jesuit seminary for sexual harassment! (pp 21-22, 82). [Page 21 says he told KGO-TV on Aug 14 97, but p 82 said the matter was made public during his appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes
in May 1999.] And the harassment was of a homosexual kind! Another man was sexually harassed so much at a seminary that he obtained a restraining order from the court! (p 69)
A health professional who was also the Master of a Masonic Lodge (long opposed by Catholicism) and had lapsed from the Church, Dr Joseph Wicker, was deciding on admissions to a Cincinnati seminary. (pp 34-35)
One seminarian got into trouble with the authorities at Mount Angel Seminary, Oregon, when he refused to study a book they said was part of the course, but which showed men performing oral sex! (p 52)
Senior seminarians expected the juniors to be their sex-partners. A man who raped two novices was promoted to "dean of novices." (p 84) Students who affirmed the standard Catholic teaching on sex, authority, and the sacraments were marked down as out-of-date, and some were expelled.
The rosary, visits to the chapel, and having a picture of the pope in your room were actively discouraged in some seminaries! Throughout the book examples are given of such un-Catholic and/or un-Christian behaviour being reported to heads of orders and bishops, but no corrective action was taken. A huge inquiry ordered by the Vatican was staffed by U.S. people, and was a whitewash.
The non-traditional teachers and students problem also allegedly existed in Louvain, Europe. Several facts about the sex-abuse scandal are detailed, too.
$54.95 from Fidelity
, fidelity § j23 com au
, online book store www.j23.com.au
PO Box 22, Ormond, Vic, 3204, Australia; 276 pp, 15 x 23 cm (6" x 9"), hard covers and dust jacket, index, references/notes, ISBN 0-89526-144-8, Dewey 262.142
[ADDENDUM: Lawyers for the American College at Louvain, Belgium, are asserting that Fr David Windsor was defamed in this book
, Oct 2002, p 9, reprinted from The Wanderer
, Aug 1 2002. END of ADDENDUM]
THE RECTOR of The American College at Louvain Responds to Michael S. Rose's Goodbye, Good Men
www.acl.be/Rector's%20 Response%20to%20Goodbye,%20 Good%20Men.htm
"It is with sadness that I am obliged in the interests of justice and truth to respond briefly to scurrilous charges made against The American College of the Immaculate Conception,
its students, and faculty members in the book Goodbye, Good Men,
by Michael S. Rose.
First of all, the former student upon whose testimony the allegations are based was dismissed from The American College seminary program with just and reasonable cause. The Formation Faculty's professional decision to dismiss him in June 2000 was unanimous." (and more) -- Very Reverend Kevin A. Codd,
MICHAEL ROSE responds to critics of Goodbye, Good Men;
Defends accuracy and says critics did not do their homework. Lifesite News www.lifesite.net/ ldn/2002/dec/ 02121806.html
, Dec 17 02. Some of the critics allegedly had not even read the book, but got their criticisms into print. Or go direct to each response: www.cruxnews. com/crisis printer.html
www.cruxnews. com/register printer.html
www.cruxnews. com/scurrilous. html
and www.cruxnews. com/goodbye. html
• GREELEY, Andrew , 1999, Furthermore! Memories of a Parish Priest.
CHICAGO (IL) -- Catholic attorney Sheila Parkhill, who for the past few years has been gathering information and evidence to eventually expose a clergy pedophile ring in the Chicago area, received an online greeting card from unknown individuals that she believes was a threat to her and her husband's safety.
The ring has been alluded to by priest-novelist-columnist Andrew Greeley -- an acquaintance of Pellegrini -- in his 1999 non-fiction book Furthermore! Memories of a Parish Priest
The ring, known as The Boys' Club, was probably connected to the unsolved 1984 stabbing murder of Chicago professor and choir director Francis Pellegrini, a day before a scheduled meeting with the then Chicago archdiocese vicar for priests.
-- Renew America
, "Attorney investigating clergy pedophile ring was threatened,"
www.renew america.us/ columns/ abbott/ 060224
by Matt C. Abbott, February 24, 2006
• MOORE, Chris, 1995, Betrayal of Trust: The Father Brendan Smyth Affair and the Catholic Church
; Marino, ISBN 186023027X
BELFAST, DUBLIN, and the UNITED STATES: A summary of the affair by Free Definition ( http://www.free- definition.com/ Brendan-Smyth.html
Father Brendan Smyth (1927-1997) was a Northern Ireland-born Norbertine Order Catholic priest.
In one of the worst cases of active paedophilia in the priesthood, Smyth systematically raped hundreds of children in parishes in Belfast, Dublin and the United States.
The Norbertines, also known as the Presonstratensians
, were alerted in the late 1940s that Smyth, who has joined the Order in 1945, had sexually abused children.
However they declined to report him to the Garda Siochána
(the Republic of Ireland's police force), or the Royal Ulster Constabulary (the RUC, the police force in Northern Ireland).
Instead he was moved from parish to parish and between dioceses whenever allegations were made against him.
In some cases, the Order did not inform the diocesan bishop in Ireland or the United States that the priest they had supplied to his diocese had a history of paedophilia and should be kept away from children.
His final exposure led to the collapse of an Irish government when the incompetent handling of an extradition request from the RUC by the Irish Attorney-General's office led to a further delay of some months in Smyth facing trial.
An award-winning UTV Counterpoint
programme on the affair by journalist Chris Moore (which was followed up by a book), accused the head of the Norbertines and the Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh of
gross mishandling of Smyth, the Norbertine's negligence and failure to tell others of his longstanding paedophilia enabling Smyth to sexually abuse large numbers of children freely for forty years.
When Smyth some years later died in prison, the Norbertines felt it necessary to hold his funeral late at night, with his grave then covered in cement, to avoid drawing abusive crowds, or people who might vandalise the grave. In the aftermath, in less than a decade, Ireland's Mass attendance rate plummeted from 68% to 48%.
• LEBACQZ, Karen, and BARTON, Ronald G. Sex in the Parish
1991. See Barton
• ROSSETTI, Stephen (ed), Slayer of the Soul: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church;
1990, Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic.
• RUTTER, Peter; Sex in the Forbidden Zone: When Men in Power -- Therapists, Doctors, Clergy, Teachers and others -- Betray Women's Trust;
1989, Mandala, London.
BOOK opposing Celibacy for Catholic Clergy:-
• HERMAND, Pierre, The Priest: Celibate or Married, 1965, Dartman Longman & Todd, London; Translation © Dartman Longman & Todd; a Libra Book. First published by Calmann-Lévy (Paris) 1963 under the title Condition du Prêtre: mariage ou célibat? Also published in the Netherlands.
PRIEST'S BOOK on Roman Catholic Church and his life, commenting adversely on celibacy, and hinting in favour of women clergy:-
• GAINE, Tom, and BRENNAN, Elizabeth, 2002, Winter has passed, Published by Elizabeth Brennan, Perth, Western Australia.
The recollections of Father Thomas Gaine (born 1929), trained in Ireland, officiated mainly in Western Australia, who retired in June 2001, returning to his family farm at Kenmare, Ireland.
"In my opinion, celibacy should not be a prerequisite for Priesthood. … I do not believe that a celibate is necessarily a better Priest. … Of course there have been times when I have been lonely. … it should not be imposed, it should be freely chosen. Unfortunately, we have lost some wonderful young -- and not so young -- men who were loving, caring, sensitive Priests." (p 143)
"I pray that in the future, in whatever way that future experiences the Priesthood -- celibate or not, open to women or not -- …" (p 161)
"Yes, I would have loved family life and a partner to help me in my vocation as a Priest. … I do believe that Priests should be able to marry if they wish. And I do believe that the time is not too far off when celibacy for Priests of the Catholic Church will no longer be obligatory. I pray for that day." (p 247)
"Untold damage has been done to so many by Priests and Religious who got through the net, and their actions and behaviour have left a trail of damaged lives in their wake. My earnest prayer is that the Church Authorities begin to really listen to the people …" (p 249)
Orders to 4 / 4 Maybole Court, Greenwood, WA, 6024, Australia. 254pp, 14.8 x 21 cm (5 3/4 x 8 1/4 in), soft covers, no index or footnotes, ISBN 0-9581026-0-0, $15 plus $4.50 postage and packing. Later reprinted in Ireland, without photographs.
[The Rev T. Gaine: His death in Ireland was the subject of death notices on October 11 and 12, 2010.]
Book covering sexuality and other feelings of ex-Catholics
• BISHOP, Sherry, Immaculate Misconceptions.
More than 15 million Catholics have made the decision to leave the Church permanently, yet so many still struggle with the conflicting issues of their Catholic upbringings and a painful legacy of Catholic guilt. This is a healing book that takes an honest look at the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of numerous former Catholics as they deal with these important issues.
Incorporates interviews and anecdotes with exercises to help former Catholics face and cope with psychological and emotional factors like shame, sexuality, self-doubt, and guilt, this manual also stresses the importance of integrating what was valuable about being raised within the Church. Special advice and help for the victims of childhood abuse are also included.
Visit: www.growlocal.com/bishop/ for access to printable order form. Or Telephone Orders: 1-800-571-3422;
Fax Orders: (360) 683-2568;
Mail Orders: Veranda Press, RE: Immaculate Misconceptions by Sherry Bishop,
P.O. Box 626, Carlsborg, WA 98324, USA
BOOKS on general child abuse:-
• MULLINAR, Liz, and HOPKINSON, Simon, The Liz Mullinar Story, 1997,
Hodder & Stoughton, Rydalmere NSW, 302pp, $25, with index, hard cover. Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA), asca § hunterlink net au www.asca.org.au PO Box 361, Cessnock, NSW, 2325, Australia.
[inserted 10 Nov 02]
• MULLINAR, Liz, and HUNT, Candida, Breaking the Silence,
Hodder & Stoughton, Rydalmere (NSW) Australia, 326pp, $20, no index, soft cover. Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA), as above.
[inserted 10 Nov 02]
- RCC. TV documentaries.
http://www. independent. ie/national- news/shocking- documentaries- about-paedophile- priests-led-to- probes-1595180.html
by John Cooney, Thursday January 08 2009
IRELAND -- THE controversy raging over the Church's handling of child sex abuse allegations has its roots in three powerful television documentaries broadcast more than a decade ago.
'Dear Daughter', 'Sex in a Cold Climate' and 'States of Fear' caused huge public outrage in the early 1990s at the scale of cover-ups of child clerical abuse by bishops and religious superiors.
The storm of public indignation at 'the sins of the Fathers and the Sisters' perpetrated behind the closed doors of parish houses, monasteries, seminaries and industrial schools led to the announcement in 1995 by the Government of its intention to set up a Commission of Inquiry.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw
on January 8, 2009
- Orthodox Judaism. Fictional movie "Narrow Bridge."
Clara Hersh, December 30, 2008
UNITED STATES -- In the film "Narrow Bridge," writer and director Israel Moskovits confronts the controversial issue of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish world. Moskovits plays the protagonist, Daniel Schneider, a philosophy major attending secular college. He meets Rachel Goldberg (Samantha Leshin) in a philosophy class. The pair quickly forges a bond discussing philosophy and religion, enhanced by the fact that they are seemingly the two Jews on campus. While Rachel has not grown up religious, she is interested in learning more about her heritage. Daniel helps Rachel learn about Judaism and both grow to admire each other over the process, during which they begin dating and eventually become engaged.
Their relationship has its complexities. Rachel is quick to open up to Daniel and divulge her past, but Daniel is very elusive about his life before college. Whenever Rachel asks about his past, Daniel evades her questions and hastily changes the subject. A flashback reveals that the reason for Daniel's elusiveness is because when he was young, Rabbi Kaufman, a teacher whom he trusted and who had helped him in his struggle with Judaism, had one day offered him a ride home, then took a detour and sexually abused him.
When Rachel goes home with Daniel to meet his parents, Daniel is once again confronted with his childhood trauma, as well as Rabbi Kaufman himself. This throws Daniel into a state of panic. He starts to fight with his mother and fiancé and draws away from them. His behavior is so erratic that Rachel begins to question whether or not she made a mistake accepting Daniel's marriage proposal.
National Catholic Reporter
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