Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Psychology - 220 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Priests and Children
3
Crime Sin and Sickness
24
the sexual
44
Need for Discourse Intuitive Perception
57
Patterns of Celibate
63
Those Who Profess or Pmctice Celibacy
72
Function Dysfunction
83
The Celibate Difference? The Physiology
89
Homosexualities and the Clergy Psychological
135
Male Matrix The System of Secrecy
142
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS
155
The Structure Beneath the Crisis
161
Priests Who Suffer
181
The Christian Experience
187
Bibliography
195
Name Index
211

Priests and Women
112
Myths About Priests and Women Code
129

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About the author (1995)

A. W. Richard Sipe was born Walter Richard Sipe in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on December 11, 1932. His family were observant Catholics and he attended a high school and a college run by Benedictine monks at St. John's Abbey. He became a monk himself and was ordained a priest in 1959. In his first posting to work as a high school counselor, he heard in the confessional about priests who were sexually involved with other priests, priests who had girlfriends, and priests who were involved with minors. He also learned that his predecessor had abused girls. However, these men remained in good standing with the church. In 1967, he became the director of family services at the Seton Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore, a treatment center where bishops sent problem priests. As he got to know the troubled men, some revealed that they had been abused by clergymen themselves. He also heard stories about how church leaders had been dismissive of reports of abuse. He left the priesthood in 1970. In 1986, he presented his findings to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, but nothing was done. In 1990, he published an ethnographic study of celibacy and abuse within the Catholic Church entitled A Secret World: Sexuality and the Search for Celibacy. He was active in the early days of clergy-victim advocacy. He died from multiple organ failure on August 8, 2018 at the age of 85.

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