From Tom Doyle: Foundational Books to Understanding the Phenomenon of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy
Received by email from Tom Doyle.
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CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE
Foundational Books to Understanding the Phenomenon of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy
This list of foundational books consists of those books which, in my own opinion, are most helpful in understanding the basic issue of Clergy Abuse from the standpoint of the institutional Church’s responsibility for sexually abusive clerics and their response to the victims. They are listed in alphabetical order.
Thomas P. Doyle
Revised July 15, 2013
Berry, Jason. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION. New York. Doubleday, 1992.
Cozzens, Donald. SACRED SILENCE: DENIAL AND CRISIS IN THE CHURCH. Collegeville MN. Liturgical Press. 2002.
D’Antonio, Michael. MORTAL SINS: SEX, CRIME AND THE ERA OF CATHOLIC SCANDAL. New York. St. Martin’s Press. 2013.
Dokecki, Paul. THE CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS: REFORM AND RENEWAL IN THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY. Washington DC. Georgetown University Press. 2004.
Doyle, Thomas, Sipe, A.W. Richard. Wall, Patrick. SEX, PRIESTS AND SECRET CODES: A COMMENTARY ON CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE LEGISLATION. Los Angeles. Bonus Books. 2006
Frawley-O’Dea, Mary Gail. PERVERSION OF POWER: SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Vanderbilt University Press, 2007.
Freiberger, James. CLERGY PEDOPHILES: A STUDY OF SEXUALLY ABUSIVE CLERGY AND THEIR VICTIMS. Bloomington, In. Authorhouse. 2010.
Hamilton, Marci. GOD VS. THE GAVEL: RELIGION AND THE RULE OF LAW. New York. Cambridge University Press. 2005.
Hidalgo, Myra. SEXUAL ABUSE AND THE CULTURE OF CATHOLICISM: HOW PRIESTS AND NUNS BECOME PERPETRATORS. New York. Haworth Press. 2007.
Mouton, Ray. IN GOD’S HOUSE. UNITED KINGDOM. Head of Zeus. 2012.
O’Gorman, Colm. BEYOND BELIEF. London. Hodder and Stoughton. 2009.
Robinson, Geoffrey. CONFRONTING POWER AND SEX IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia. John Garrett Publishing. 2007.
Robinson, Geoffrey. FOR CHRIST’S SAKE: END SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR GOOD. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia. Garrett Publishing. 2013.
Shupe, Anson. IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT’S HOLY. London. Praeger. 1995
Sipe, A.W. Richard. SEX, PRIESTS AND POWER. New York. Brunner-Mazel. 1995
Sipe, A.W. Richard. CELIBACY IN CRISIS: A SECRET WORLD REVISITED. New York. Brunner-Routledge. 2003.
Whitfield, Charles, Silberg, Joyanna, Fink, Paul Jay. Editors. MISINFORMATION CONCERNING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ADULT SURVIVORS. New York. Haworth Press. 2001.
My apologies to those whose valuable works are not on this list. The purpose is to provide a short list of books that will answer the two basic questions many people have: why do clerics violate children and why have the bishops and popes responded as they have. I have deliberately not gone into the clinical dimension of sexual abuse and trauma nor have I included books on the indirect sources of the problem such as theology, church history or socio-cultural studies. That all comes in the next phase. The absence of any book from this list is no reflection on the value or quality of the hundreds of books written about this sordid subject.