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Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis [Paperback]

By Philip Jenkins (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 17, 2001
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195145976  
EAN  9780195145977  

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This volume takes a close, dispassionate look at the entire history of the issue of sexual abuse among the clergy, and especially among the Roman Catholic clergy. From the first rumblings to today's headlines, Philip Jenkins has written a fascinating, exhaustive, and, above all, even-handed account that not only puts this particular crisis in perspective, but offers an eye-opening look at the way in which an issue takes hold of the popular imagination. Jenkins reassures us about our local clergy, but also delivers a disturbing message about how vulnerable we are to the news media. Meticulously documented and dispassionately argued, this volume marks a watershed in the discussion of an issue of enormous current interest, one that will not disappear from the headlines any time soon.

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Philip Jenkins, one of the world's leading religion scholars joined Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion as Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion. He is the author of many books and articles, including the acclaimed The Future of Christianity Trilogy, consisting of The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South, and God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis.

Philip Jenkins currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania. Philip Jenkins was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Pennsylvania State University.

Philip Jenkins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cults and New Religions in American History
  2. Future of Christianity Trilogy

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Prosaic....  Jul 29, 2004
Personally I found this book to be little more than a GRE verbal refresher course. Sure, it is objective and balanced but so impassionate that such a contentious issue seems like nothing. I think you can strip away emotion from a social problem so much that it creates the question of, well, then, does this really matter? In my opinion I feel this is what the author has done. I was really disappointed in this book.
Solid Social Science  Sep 15, 2002
Professor Jenkins contributes immeasurably to the current discussion of clergy sexual abuse by doing what every social scientist should. Jenkins steadfastly refuses to add to the volume of this shrill and partisan debate by offering conjectures or personal opinions. Instead, he calmly presents the data in a detached manner, and then draws his conclusions based solely on the data.

Anyone with an interest in the current crisis would benefit from reading Professor Jenkins' sane, calm, and lucid analysis.

Excellent Book on this Crisis  Jul 11, 2002
This is a non-Catholic scholar who makes the case that there is an objective anti-Catholic agenda at work behind the expolitation of the relatively few cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Pedophilia is a sociatal problem and about 3% of the members of organisations (Scout, community and other key groups in society) are pedophiles. In the Catholic church the percentage is .02% of priests.

In the current crisis there are about 200 cases in the current scandle (some going back 30 years), however the Christian Monitor reported that EVERY YEAR in the Protestant churches there are about 2000 cases of sexual scandle! Why don't we hear about this in the media?

Read this book and find out. . .

The media is losing its creditability in America. Its prejudice against the Catholic Church is at best unprofessional and at worse evil.

This book offers the balanced, thoughtful and unbiased evidence of the prejudice. You will be shocked and given new eyes with which to see the truth behind the endless waves of media trash.

Objective, balanced and fascinating  Jun 26, 2002
Philip Jenkins has written a first-rate book, not just about the "moral panic" over "pedophile priests", but about our tendency as a society to seek simplistic answers for complex social problems. Jenkins argues persuasively, on the basis of extensive evidence, that the portrayal of the Catholic Church as a haven for pedophiles is just the latest version of the anti-Catholic stereotype which dates back at least as far as the Reformation. The scapegoating of the Catholic Church is also facilitated, as Jenkins points out, by the bureaucratic tradition of the Curia: keeping centralized records of abuse allegations makes a Catholic diocese an easy target for litigation, in a way which a dispersed Protestant denomination can never be.

Highly recommended. Very clear, accessible, and thoroughly researched.

Excellent case study of how the press misinforms  Jun 5, 2002
I tend to try not to think about things I find disgusting, so I more or less believed the headlines regarding this subject. You know, that there is a vast "network" of predatory priests, that everyone else in the Catholic Church was involved in a vast coverup, that celibacy was the root cause, and so on. Then I happened to read that the incidence of pedophilia in Catholic priests is less than, or the same as, other groups with access to children, such as other clergy, coaches, and teachers. That being the case, it was clear to me that this was yet another subject where the press has led me by the nose to an incorrect conclusion. This book was really informative on the subject. It served as an excellent case study on how the press comes to framing a story a certain way, as well as the roles of various interest groups in making certain that a story is framed in the way that is most advantageous to them. The objectivity and impartiality of the author is really refreshing in this era of polemics. If you want to learn something, by all means read this book. If you are simply looking for someone to validate your preconceived notions, you will not like it.

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