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 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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