Sex, Power and the Clergy

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Hardie Grant Books, 2003 - Child sexual abuse - 216 pages
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Account and analysis by a Christian feminist and historian of the current controversies regarding sexual abuse within the churches. A detailed account is given of the crisis, both in Australia and internationally. A further chapter offers background to the controversy in Australia. Subsequent chapters discuss issues such as whether the media has conspired against the churches, the relationship of sexual abuse to issues of power and accountability in the church, whether celibacy is a contributing factor in the cases involving the Catholic Church, the neglect of women and children in the church. The final chapter appeals for reform in the churches. Includes notes and index. Author lectures in journalism at RMIT University, Melbourne, and is a prominent laywoman in the Anglican Church. Previous books include 'Women in the Church: The great ordination debate in Australia' and 'Sex, Marriage, and the Church'.

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