A Tragic Grace: The Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse

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Liturgical Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 126 pages
"A Tragic Grace is a direct, honest look at a difficult subject: child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. It includes the latest pastoral and psychological insights coupled with the author's original research. It documents this "sustained crisis" in the Church and offers concrete suggestions on how to understand and deal with the subject. Most importantly, A Tragic Grace offers a vision of hope. Within the seeds of this tragedy, the author sees the possibility of a stronger, more open, and accountable Church emerging."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


A Slow Awakening
A Wounded Church
Parishes As Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
Red Flags for Child Sexual Abuse
Suicides of Priests and the Crisis of Faith
A Conversion of Perspective
Silver Lining in a Dark Cloud

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Page 1 - Then he gave a number of reasons for his newfound disbelief — among them that "it was hardly credible that perverted acts against children were so general." 21 This was a dramatic turnaround; a year before, he had written, "it is to be expected that increased attention to the subject will very soon confirm the great frequency of sexual experiences and sexual activity in childhood.

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