Mortal sins : sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal

by D'Antonio, Michael.

Format: Large Print 2013
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction LP 261.8 D'ANTONIO
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
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Call Number  LP 261.8 D'ANTONIO
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 Vaticans 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 Church could 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 DAntonios "Mortal Sins" brings to mind landmark books such as "All the Presidents 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* It all started in 1984, when, at either end of the Mississippi, parents of children molested by Catholic priests refused to settle for diocesan hush money. The church put Father Tom Doyle, then at the just-opened Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., on the case of accused abuser Father Gilbert Gauthe in Louisiana, while, in Minnesota, Greg Lyman's parents were referred to attorney Jeffrey Anderson. A promising church diplomat and an up-and-coming legal star had found their life missions; Doyle's would twice derail his career in the church, and Anderson's would compel him to develop a whole new field of litigation. Meanwhile, both had to battle ferociously with the alcohol they overconsumed to relax from discovering not just criminal priests but also institutional practices and attitudes of the church that facilitated clerical sex abusers. Doyle and Anderson are the two most prominent heroes of D'Antonio's superlatively readable overview of the ongoing, now-global crisis of priestly sex abuse. Others include journalist Jason Berry, who broke the Gauthe story; sociologist and former priest Richard Sipe; and activist and child-sex-abuse victim Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Their stories as well as those of several victims and selected perps ensure that this landmark work of recent history remains gripping and affecting to the last word.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pulitzer Prize-winning journo D'Antonio (Atomic Harvest) pens what will be widely regarded as the definitive history of the Catholic Church's "most severe crisis since the Reformation": the revelations of endemic sexual abuse of minors by priests in the United States and Europe. Employing his considerable gift for sifting through mountains of facts, the author carves out a coherent and enthralling narrative, and brings the long-running tragedy to life by focusing on the handful of individuals responsible for bravely exposing the pain and horror of the abused children. In 1984, American priest Thomas Doyle learned of a lawsuit brought by parents of a victim, and was deeply troubled by his superiors' callous nonchalance toward the suit, and more alarmingly, toward the suffering child. (When Doyle asked a monsignor, "What are you doing for the boys?," he responded, "As far as I know, nothing.") Along with plaintiffs' attorney Jeffrey Anderson, Doyle and a few others worked tirelessly to get the church, the media, and the public to pay attention; their persistence eventually paid off. D'Antonio peoples his reportage with fully realized individuals, and their plight-not to mention the stakes-makes for feverish reading. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, William Morris Endeavor. (Apr. 23) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Subjects Doyle, Thomas P.
Anderson, Jeff.
Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Sexual behavior.
Catholic Church -- Discipline.
Catholic Church -- United States.
Child sexual abuse by clergy.
Actions and defenses.
Large type books.
Publisher Detroit, Michigan :2013
Edition Large print edition.
Language English
Description 715 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 645-711).
ISBN 9781410461544 (hardcover)
1410461548 (hardcover)
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