Sex Priestly Ministry and the Church

Sex  Priestly Ministry  and the Church Author Len Sperry
ISBN-10 0814629679
Year 2003
Pages 186
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

Sex, Priestly Ministry, and the Church provides an objective and authoritative account of psychosexual development in priests and key background information on the many sexual issues facing the Church today. It is a concise, comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource of the most current information needed to understand these sexual issues and controversies and make reasoned, responsible decisions.

The Inner Life of Priests

The Inner Life of Priests Author Gerard J. McGlone
ISBN-10 9780814634394
Year 2012-06-05
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

The Inner Life of Priests is a landmark exploration of how the categories and practices of psychology are contributing to a new health and vitality in the priesthood. Authors McGlone and Sperry (both nationally-recognized experts on the integration of psychology and spirituality in priestly life), investigate issues and answer questions that concern those invested in the healthy ministry of priests everyone from the people in the pews to those in Church leadership. They include: How has psychology helped us understand both mental and spiritual health of those applying to Catholic seminaries and then serving in priestly ministry? How has it shaped understanding of key issues like affective maturity, cultural competency and even the discipline of celibacy? How has it helped Church leaders better understanding and positively influence clerical culture in seminaries, dioceses, and religious orders? Catholic laity, priests, seminarians, vocation directors, those considering religious and priestly vocations everyone interested in how men serving in this critical ministerial role are identified, formed and supported will welcome this authoritative and positive book.

Ministry and Community

Ministry and Community Author Len Sperry
ISBN-10 0814627234
Year 2000-01
Pages 124
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

Ministry impairment seems to be increasingly problematic for the Church today. While the minister's personality or character are typically the focus of media attention, impairment is also influenced by organizational dynamics such as the recruitment and promotion policies of the religious organization as well as its culture and structure. Ministry and Community highlights the interplay of personality dynamics and organizational dynamics for eight of the most common forms of ministry impairment and shows how they can be recognized, treated, and prevented. In Ministry and Community Len Sperry looks at the dynamics underlying and supporting narcissistic behavior, sexual abusing behavior, psychopathic behavior, borderline behavior, depressive behavior, obsessive-compulsive behavior, manic-depressive behavior, and passive-aggressive behavior in ministry personnel. He then describes a number of effective strategies that can modify these individual and organizational dynamics. Rather than affix blame on ministers or the Church, this book offers a series of observations on concerns faced by the Church and provides suggestions for addressing these concerns. Ministry and Community offers a measure of hopefulness about the prospects for professional ministry in the Church. These suggestions include specific criterion for determining fitness for ministry, guidelines for realistically appraising ministry performance, and specific indications and contraindications for psychotherapy and other psychiatric interventions. Chapters are "Ministry and Community Today: An Overview," "Narcissistic Behavior in Ministry," "Sexually-Abusing Behavior in Ministry," "Psychopathic Behavior in Ministry," "Borderline Behavior in Ministry," "Manic-Depressive Behavior in Ministry," "Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior in Ministry," "Depressive Behavior in Ministry," "Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Ministry," "From Healing to Wholeness in Ministry and Community," and "Fitness for Ministry: Some Selection Criteria."?. . . a small but information-packed book that addresses preventing as well as dealing with crisis.? Crux?This little volume is a major service to those of us in the field.? The Priest?This is a ?must read? book for anyone in ministry who wants to help rather than be hurt by wounded people. . . . Even the appendix is a ?must read.? ? Matthew Linn, S.J., Dennis Linn, Sheila Linn?Dr. Sperry's important work should be carefully read and studied by everyone in authority, but especially by bishops, major superiors of religious, and all those who are responsible for the lives of others. Dr. Sperry brings together the best insights of his field and applies them in a special way to those who minister in the Church so that they can serve better. It is indeed a major achievement.? Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B.

Sacred Silence

Sacred Silence Author Donald B. Cozzens
ISBN-10 0814627315
Year 2004
Pages 199
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

Sacred Silence is a book about failed leadership in the Catholic Church. Donald Cozzens looks at various challenges and the scandal gripping the Church and offers a historical overview of our church leadership. He explains how the misplaced loyalties of those in leadership positions created the current crisis. Cozzens clarifies why bishops and Church authorities think the way they do and why the ecclesiastical system might be the real villain in the abuse scandal. With compassion and understanding Cozzens answers the why of the present and past leadership failures and proposes a new direction.

Sex Priests and Power

Sex  Priests  and Power Author A. W. Richard Sipe
ISBN-10 0876307691
Year 1995
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher Psychology Press

Richard Sipe examines the continuing sexual crisis facing the Catholic Church today. Has the storm of publicity and controversy caused the church to acknowledge any of the accusations? Will the church accept statistical evidence or alter the way it trains its clergy? How has it come to grips with reforming or retraining abusers? Has it acknowledged the spread of AIDS among its ranks? Why does the church oppress women and react with hostility and fear towards them? Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis addresses these and other questions.

Sex Priests and Secret Codes

Sex  Priests  and Secret Codes Author Thomas P. Doyle
ISBN-10 9781909979420
Year 2016-08-10
Pages 388
Language en
Publisher Crux Publishing Ltd

Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. By reviewing a collection of documents from official and unofficial sources from 60 CE to the present, this book demonstrates that sexual abuse of minors is a deep-seated problem that spans the Church's history. The three distinguished authors have served as experts and consultants in over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and have collectively spent over 70 years of official service within the church.

Sex Celibacy and Priesthood

Sex  Celibacy  and Priesthood Author Lou A. Bordisso
ISBN-10 1462038425
Year 2011-08-19
Pages 108
Language en
Publisher iUniverse

The traditional Catholic Church views true celibacy as a gift from God. But today’s reality paints a much different picture. In Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood, Lou A. Bordisso reviews the research on sexual activity and celibacy among Catholic priests. Featuring heart-wrenching, anonymous, and candid self-disclosures about the sexual behaviors of heterosexual, gay, and bisexual priests, Bordisso explores the meaning of celibacy in accordance with Roman Catholic Church teachings, doctrine, and canon law. Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood provides an honest and frank study of current perspectives on celibacy in light of priestly sexual behaviors. It allows for Roman Catholic priests to speak out in their own voices about their struggles and the conflicts they experience between celibacy and their sexual activities. At a time when most are disgusted with the sexual scandal coverups, smokescreens, and veil of secrecy provided by many Roman Catholic bishops and their apologists, Sex, Celibacy, and Priesthood tells the truth and encourages us to think imaginatively and compassionately about an issue of crucial importance to the Roman Catholic Church at this moment in history.

The Other Side of the Altar

The Other Side of the Altar Author Paul E. Dinter
ISBN-10 9781429984768
Year 2010-06-29
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In all the coverage of the priestly sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, one story has been left untold: the story of the everyday lives of Catholic priests in America, which remain so little understood as to be a secret, even as one priestly sexual predation after another has come to light. In The Other Side of the Altar, Paul Dinter tells one priest's story--his own--in such a way as to reveal the lives of a generation of priests that spanned two very different eras. These priests entered the ministry in the 1960s, when Catholic seminaries were full of young men inspired by both the Church's ancient faith and the Second Vatican Council's promises of renewal. But by the early 1970s, the priesthood--and the celibate fraternity it depended upon--proved quite different from what the Council had promised. American society had changed, too, particularly in the area of sexuality. As a result, there emerged a clerical subculture of denial and duplicity, which all but guaranteed that the sexual abuse of children by priests would be routinely covered up by the Church's bishops. Dinter, now married and raising two stepdaughters, left the priesthood in 1994 over the issue of celibacy, but not before having occasion to reflect on the whole range of priestly struggles with celibacy and sexual life in general--in Rome and rural England, on an Ivy League campus, and in parish rectories of the archdiocese of New York. His candid and affecting account--written from the other side of the altar, so to speak--makes clear that celibacy, sexuality, and power among the clergy have long been intertwined, and suggests how much must change if the Catholic Church hopes to regain the trust of its people.

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church A Decade of Crisis 2002 2012

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church  A Decade of Crisis  2002   2012 Author Thomas G. Plante Ph.D.
ISBN-10 9780313393884
Year 2011-10-20
Pages 270
Language en
Publisher ABC-CLIO

Taking on a still-controversial topic, a diverse group of experts, including victims and clergy, offers reflections on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, examining what the church has done—and what it still needs to do—to protect children. • Contributions from 20 leading experts on sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, including a federal judge; a social worker; a priest; a bishop; prominent psychologists; and professors of law, crime, and sociology

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church Author Marie Keenan
ISBN-10 9780199328994
Year 2013-04-01
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press

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 personal and 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, power relations, 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' own words 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.

Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood

Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood Author Thomas Acklin
ISBN-10 1931018294
Year 2006
Pages 180
Language en
Publisher Emmaus Road Publishing

In The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood, Father Thomas Acklin presents an apologetic for that which is immutable?that which cannot change since it is found in the unchanging heart of Christ. Father Acklin refutes modern misconceptions and false understandings of the priesthood, while uncovering the beauty, strength, and hope that is found in God's plan. This book will encourage the heart of every priest and help the laity to understand and appreciate the reality and mystery of the priesthood in the Church. In The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood Father Thomas Acklin presents an apologetic for the immutability of the priesthood?that which cannot change since it is found in the unchanging heart of Christ. Father Acklin refutes modern misconceptions, while uncovering the beauty, strength, and hope that is found in God's plan, bringing the reader to an appreciation of the reality and mystery of the priesthood in the Church.

A Tragic Grace

A Tragic Grace Author Stephen J. Rossetti
ISBN-10 0814624340
Year 1996
Pages 126
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

Father Rosetti shows in this book that responding properly to incidents of child sexual abuse presupposes an awareness of the prevasiveness of child abuse, a realization of the trauma it causes victims, a recognition of the mental illness that afflicts perpetrators, and a sensitivity to the signs of child sexual abuse.