Mortal sins : sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal
|Format:||Print Book 2013|
|Availability:||Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies|
A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
An Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Nominee
An explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice
In the mid-1980s a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican's embassy in Washington set out to investigate the problem of sexually abusive priests. He found a scandal in the making, confirmed by secret files revealing complaints that had been hidden from police and covered up by the Church hierarchy. He also understood that the United States judicial system was eager to punish offenders and those who aided them. He presented all of this to the American bishops, warning that the Churchcould be devastated by negative publicity and bankrupted by its legal liability. They ignored him.
Meanwhile, a young lawyer listened to a new client describe an abusive sexual history with a priest that began when he was ten years old. His parents' complaints were downplayed by Church officials who offered them money to go away. The lawyer saw a claim that any defendant would want to settle. Then he began to suspect he was onto something bigger, involving thousands of priests who had abused countless children while the Church had done almost nothing about it. The lawsuit he filed would touch off a legal war of historic and global proportions.
Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, Michael D'Antonio's Mortal Sins brings to mind landmark books such as All the President's Men, And the Band Played On, and The Informant , as it reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world.
The Church knows
The Catholic States of America
A weeping priest
Five brothers, three victims
The angels had to cry
"What did the priest do to you, Greg?"
The measure of the elephant
An attitude of resistance
The meaning of memory
The pendulum swings
"Would a bishop lie?
By other means
The open window
"Don't trust me"
A rolling catastrophe.
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-- Sexual behavior.
Catholic Church -- Discipline.
Catholic Church -- United States.
Child sexual abuse by clergy.
|Publisher|| New York :2013
"Thomas Dunne books."
viii, 400 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-378) and index.