Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Psychology - 351 pages
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In Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited, therapist and former priest, A. W. Richard Sipe takes to task the Catholic Church's policy of mandatory celibacy as well as its overall doctrine on human sexuality. Based on his extensive knowledge and background in the field, Sipe removes the cloak of secrecy surrounding celibacy, providing a fascinating exploration of the practice in church history, along with frank and realistic suggestions to clergy and laity for the reformation of the Church's policies on sexuality. This revolutionary text is a completely updated and revised follow-up to the controversial and highly regarded A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy. With great candor and aplomb, Sipe presents compelling case histories, thorough research, and a clear definition of celibacy and its values, along with topical information on pedophilia by clergy. Based on his 25 years of confidential, in-depth interviews with over 1500 priests, sexual partners, and victims, Sipe reveals the shocking and sobering results of his thorough and objective landmark study on priestly celibacy and his conclusion that the seminary system is incapable of instilling life-long sexua
 

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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
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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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