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Child sexual abuse is a difficult subject. Its implications are devastating and beg for new ways of confronting and understanding this problem, as well as offering support to its victims. A Tragic Grace provides a direct, honest look at child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. It documents this "sustained crisis" in the Church and offers concrete suggestions on how to deal with the subject. Through the latest pastoral and psychological insights, coupled with his original research, Father Rossetti responds to the Church's actions (or lack of action) and offers new ways of responding to and preventing child sexual abuse. In the past, the Church acknowledged cases of child sexual abuse by clergy, but was unaware that a great deal more needed to be done about it. Much of its malfeasance in responding to these cases was a result of ignorance, not maliciousness. Since then, the Church has been challenged to take a proactive stance toward child sexual abuse-to hear on a different level, to see with a new clarity. It is through this process that the Church now understands what the real challenge is: regaining the trust of all those affected by child sexual abuse. Father Rossetti shows in A Tragic Grace that responding properly to incidents of child sexual abuse presupposes an awareness of the pervasiveness of child sexual abuse, a realization of the trauma it causes victims, a recognition of the mental illness that afflicts perpetrators, and a sensitivity to the signs of child sexual abuse. The insights contained in A Tragic Grace are simple ones. Indeed, after reading this book, one's first thought might be "these are obvious things." Unfortunately, reality suggests that they are not. The lessons offered here are the hard lessons of many years of mistakes. Mistakes made again and again by diocese after diocese, religious order after religious order, one country after the next. Fortunately, imbedded within the tragedy and realities of this problem is a message of hope and, possibly, even a story of human greatness. Through a slow awakening, A Tragic Grace shows that the Church is learning, the world is learning-the word is getting out. There are many actions to remember, but the real message calls for a change of heart. Within the seeds of the tragedy of child sexual abuse, the author sees the possibility of a stronger, more open, and accountable Church emerging. He urges us not to enter the road to conversion thinking we know where it
Documents this "sustained crisis" in the Church and offers concrete suggestions on how to deal with it.
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