Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Psychology - 351 pages
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In the midst of the worst crisis the Catholic Church has seen in almost 500 years, this book challenges Catholic authorities to renew, rethink, or reform the long-standing institution of celibacy.
 

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A former Benedictine priest who is now a psychotherapist, Sipe spent 25 years studying the sexual conduct of Roman Catholic priests, particularly as it is framed by mandatory celibacy. The present ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT Is IT?
21
How Do THOSE WHO PROFESS CELIBACY PRACTICE IT?
43
THE MASTURBATIONS
57
PRIESTS AND WOMEN
81
WHEN PRIESTS BECOME FATHERS
117
THE HOMOSEXUALITIES
131
SEXUAL COMPROMISES
171
PRIESTS AND MINORS
199
WHO ABUSES?
227
CAN CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE BE PREVENTED?
245
LIVING WITH CELIBACY
271
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CELIBACY
301
INDEX
341
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
351
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A.W. RICHARD SIPE is a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor who earlier spent 18 years as a Benedictine monk and priest. He was trained specifically to deal with the mental health problems of Roman Catholic Priests. In the process of training and therapy, he conducted a 25-year ethnographic study of the celibate/sexual behavior of that population. His study, published in 1990, is now considered a classic. Sipe is known internationally and has participated in 12 documentaries on celibacy and priest sexual abuse aired by HBO, BBC, and other networks in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. He has been widely interviewed by media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Newsweek and USA Today.

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