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Time to Listen: Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy in


ISBN13: 9781904148388

ISBN10: 1904148387


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  • The Catholic Church in recent years has been rocked by a series of scandals involving child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. For many, the Churchs response to this abuse has been seriously inadequate and there is some question whether the Church can ever regain the trust and affection it enjoyed in years past. How did things go so wrong? This book is the result of an assessment internationally by an independent research agency of clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Carried out by highly respected researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the study provides a multifaceted picture of the impact of clerical abuse on the extended Church community. It looks at the historical views of the Church and others on sexual abuse and the challenges of combining Canon Law with the responsibility of the State in dealing with abuse. The researchers interviewed adults who were abused by clergy as children; clergy members who were convicted of abuse (some of whom are still in prison); family members of those abused and abusers; colleagues of abusers; and bishops and delegates with a special responsibility for management of complaints of abuse in dioceses. In addition, a major telephone survey was carried out with members of the general public to ascertain their views on Church management of clerical abuse.
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Time to Listen: Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy in