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A Tragic Grace: The Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse (From the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute) [Paperback]

By Stephen J. Rossetti (Author)
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Pages   126
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814624340  
EAN  9780814624340  

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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

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Documents this "sustained crisis" in the Church and offers concrete suggestions on how to deal with it.

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More About Stephen J. Rossetti

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books including Why Priests are Happy, Born of the Eucharist, and The Joy of Priesthood recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award. Rossetti has been featured on NPR and Meet the Press, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major newspapers. Rossetti has received a Proclaim Award from the USCCB as well as a Lifetime Service Award from the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. In 2013, he was awarded the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership award from the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2010, he received the Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests Councils for a lifetime of work with priests. He lectures to priests and religious internationally on priestly spirituality and wellness issues and serves as president of Saint Luke Institute and clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America.

Stephen J. Rossetti was born in 1951.

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Impact of clergy abuse  Nov 13, 2006
Rossetti outlines the destructive impact of clergy abuse on the victim, the institutional church, and the parish community. As the Executive Vice-President and COO of St. Luke Institute, one of the main US Roman Catholic clergy psychiatric facilities, the author could have provided invaluable first-hand accounts of dealing with the church hierarchy's handling of clergy who abuse, including reassignment, failure to report the abuse to civil law enforcement authorities and failure to be forthright to parish communities who may have an abuser in their midst. Missing from the book is carefully developed insight concerning how organizations like St. Luke Institute treat clergy offenders and how impact of the abuse on victim(s) is incorporated in the treatment and how the victim/s and parish community is prepared for the clergy abuser's release from treatment. The author stands in a position of knowing directly how the archbishops and bishops respond to victims both in terms of compassion and justice and inclusion of information on those experiences would have been insightful. Additional insight into how offending clergy are monitored upon release from institutions like St. Luke Institute would have been a relevant chapter in the book.

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