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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church
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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power, and Organizational Culture

Marie Keenan


This book engages the first-person narratives of a group of Roman Catholic clergy in depth and detail, offering a thorough analysis of the perpetrators' accounts of how and why they sexually abused minors. It develops a new way of conceptualizing the problem of sexual abuse by clergy, one that is not rooted exclusively in individual pathology but that fully accounts for systemic and context-specific factors, such as the very institution of priesthood itself, the Catholic take on sexuality, clerical culture, power relations, governance structures of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the process o ... More

Keywords: Roman Catholic, clergy, sexual abuse, minors, priesthood, clerical culture, power relations, governance structure, church history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie Keenan, author
School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin