The co-author of Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse speaks both as a professional and as a Catholic whose relationship with the church was affected by the crisis. She now attends an Episcopal church.
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The co-author of Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse speaks both as a professional and as a Catholic whose relationship with the church was affected by the crisis.
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, a clinical psychologist, was the only mental health professional to address the . Conference of Catholic Bishops at their seminal 2002 Dallas meeting on the sexual abuse crisis, and she was one of the clinicians speaking about sexual abuse to the Conference of Major Superiors of Men that year. She is the former Executive Director of the Trauma Treatment Center at the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea. Since 2002, the Roman Catholic Church has been in crisis over the sexual abuse of minors by priests and the cover-up of those crimes by bishops. Over 11,000 alleged victims have reported their experiences to the Church, and more than 4,700 priests since 1950 have been credibly accused of sexually victimizing minors.
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From the late 1980s, allegations of sexual abuse of children associated with Catholic institutions and clerics in several countries started to be the subject of sporadic, isolated reports. In Ireland, beginning in the 1990s, a series of criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established that hundreds of priests had abused thousands of children over decades.
The issue of power and domination in the church sex abuse crisis is not a new idea and has been documented throughout history (Manchester 1993). Over a decade ago, Richard Sipe (1990, 1995, 2003), an ordained priest and a former monk who left the church to marry, gave an insider’s view of the crisis of power, sexuality and celibacy. In this new book, psychologist–psychoanalyst Frawley-O’Dea cuts beneath the surface of the crisis with her analytic sensitivity and reveals a deboned church caught in a net of intrigue, deception, lies, cover-ups and perversion.
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Celibacy, homosexuality in the priesthood, the infiltration into the priesthood of secular moral relativism, too much liberalism in the Church since Vatican II, damaging rollback of Vatican II reforms by conservative prelates--all have been suggested as causes for the crisis. This book, however, begins with the premise that, because the pattern of abuse and cover-up was so similar across the world, there is something fundamentally awry with Church traditions and power structures in relationship to sexuality and sexual abuse.
Specifically, in chapters on suffering and sadomasochism, bodies and gender, desire and sexuality, celibacy and homosexuality, the author concludes that aspects of the Catholic theology of sexuality set the stage for the abuse of minors and its cover-up. Frawley-O'Dea also analyzes the American bishops' lack of pastoral care and tendency towards clerical narcissism--the belief that the needs of the hierarchy represent the needs of the wider Church--as central factors in the scandal. She balances this criticism with a discussion of the backgrounds of the bishops presiding over the crisis and the challenges they faced in their relationships with the Pope and Vatican officials.
Drawing on twenty years of clinical experience, she imagines the dynamics of sexual abuse both from the victim's point of view and from the priest's, and she probes why the Church hierarchy, fellow priests, and lay people were silent for so long. Finally, Frawley-O'Dea examines factors internal to the Church and outside of it that drew this scandal into the public square and kept it there.
Author: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press; 60601st edition (March 12, 2007)
Pages: 336 pages
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