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.

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.

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 Priest

Sex Priest Author Robert Warren Cromey
ISBN-10 1413499058
Year 2005-10-31
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher Xlibris Corp

Priests are sexual creatures. We masturbate, have intercourse, anal and oral sex, same gender sex, commit adultery, bestiality, incest, fornicate, enjoy bondage, abuse children and commit any and all forms of sex known to human beings. We spend most of our time in ministry but we are sexual beings too. Most priests, bishops, deacons, ministers, mullahs and rabbis in the world religions are sex positive in their outlook. We enjoy ecstasy, orgasm, pleasure and joy in our sexuality. We love to kiss, fondle and embrace. We enjoy fucking, sucking and licking. We teach others to enjoy their sexuality too. Joy and pleasure are not the first thing one thinks of about Christian clergy. The pious priest and puritan parson railing against the adulterer, masturbator and single mother are familiar. Many scream against abortion and birth control. But they are a minority with a good press. Recently, Roman Catholic priests have given sex a bad name by being accused and often convicted of child molestation with altar boys and teen-age girls and women under their pastoral care. Celibacy, a lonely bachelor life and poor training in human relations have caused this blight on the Christian ministry. Sadly most Christian clergy do not speak or teach publicly their sex positive views. We hint and smirk but fail to be open about our sexuality. We fear criticism from members of our flocks. Advancement may be denied us if we become sex positive priests. I am known by many clergy and lay people as a fag priest because I am an ardent defender of lesbian and gay rights. Most of us are not happy with sexually oriented labels. In the sixties I was called more than once a nigger priest because of my involvement in thecivil rights movement. I have advanced in the church to where I want exactly to be. I was the rector and pastor in an Episcopal church, and now retired. But first lets clear up some stuff about priests. Roman Catholics have covered the market on the notion of priesthood. Most people think if you are a priest, you must be a Roman Catholic. I am pleased to tell you that there are lots of other priests in the world who are not Roman Catholic. Priest is the word used for ordained clergy in the Orthodox and Anglican churches. There are two hundred million members of the Orthodox churches of the world. They are in Russia, Greece, Turkey, and Central Europe and in every major city in Europe and the United States. There are seventy million members of the Anglican Communion throughout the world. Their clergy are also called priests. .. Sexual Candor I want to tell the truth about sex, my own and in the church, especially the Episcopal Church of which I am a life long member and an ordained priest. I think the best way to teach others about sex is not just by words, pictures and ideas. People telling their own sexual stories to others deeply help children, teenagers and adults to understand human sexuality. Parents, schools and some churches do their best in teaching about sex. But it doesn't work very well. There are studies that indicate sex education in schools is generally ineffective. Unwanted pregnancies, venereal disease and the horror of AIDS still abound in this country and around the world. Teaching sex in an objective way, giving facts, figures and morals just doesn't work very well. The missing element is personal self-revelation. Sex education for many boys comes in the locker roomand the gutter. Boys tell the truth or lie about their sexual activities as they tell stories about what they or their girls have done. 'Mary Jane will go down on you anytime." 'I screwed her under the stairs in my building." 'I jerk off in the boy's room at school every day." These are lacking in specificity and have the ring of boasting but they are teaching other boys about sex. In 1969 when I was thirty-eight years old I spent five months in an intensive personal growth program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California. A dozen men

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.

Perversion of Power

Perversion of Power Author Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
ISBN-10 0826515479
Year 2007
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Vanderbilt University Press

Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience, the author presents the dynamics of sexual abuse both from the victim's point of view and from the priest's; probes why the Church hierarchy, fellow priests, and lay people were silent for so long; and what drew this scandal into the public arena.

Gold Tested in Fire

Gold Tested in Fire Author Ronald D. Witherup
ISBN-10 9780814634400
Year 2012-02-01
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher Liturgical Press

The recent Year for Priests focused considerable attention on the priesthood, resulting in many books, articles, retreats, conferences, and symposia. In Gold Tested in Fire, Ronald D. Witherup, SS, makes an important new contribution. Intersecting scriptural and theological context with lived pastoral insight, Witherup explores both classic and contemporary understandings of the priesthood, offers insights into the four pillars" suggested for priestly formation, and looks at the charism of priests, and the need for ongoing formation across a life-span. Having engaged in priestly formation in seminaries for a number of years, Witherup moves beyond overly idealized or pietistic approaches to the presbyteral life to offer key insights on the challenges and rewards inherent in contemporary priestly ministry. Underlying his approach is the firm conviction that the present testing in the priesthood is a profound summons to a new Pentecost, inopportunity for the priesthood to be cleansed and remade, and ultimately stronger.

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.

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.

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.