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Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church [Hardcover]

By Donald B. Cozzens (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.38" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   1.03 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2002
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  081462779X  
EAN  9780814627792  

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Sacred Silence is a book about failed leadership in the Catholic Church. Donald Cozzens looks at various challenges and the scandal gripping the Church and offers an historical overview of our church leadership. He explains how the misplaced loyalties of those in leadership positions created the current crisis. Cozzens clarifies why bishops and church authorities think the way they do and why the ecclesiastical system might be the real villain in the abuse scandal. With compassion and understanding Cozzens answers the why of the present and past leadership failures and proposes a new direction.

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Bearer of the Word and champion of the oppressed, the church nevertheless displays a puzzling propensity to denial and silence when faced with realities that threaten its centuries-old structure. In Sacred Silence, Donald Cozzens probes the conscious and unconscious dynamics that sustain the church's culture of silence and points the church in the direction of candor and honest dialogue.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald Cozzens--priest, writer, and lecturer--teaches in the religious studies department at John Carroll University. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of "The Changing Face of the Priesthood" and "Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church."

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I was his student  Oct 13, 2005
I am a student of the former father cozzens, and a seminarian, and I must say, his book has no support and is nothing more than uninformed opinion...he didnt bother to open his eyes as rector and truthfully dig around. Rather, he spit out what he thought was truth and put it in a book. That is why he was thrown out of the seminary, and was asked to leave the church. Do not read thi sbook unless you are truly educated on the matter
"The Body is Just a Playground..."  Dec 18, 2003
Sacred Silence has much to say. The body as "playground" was a metaphor used by one priest in justifying his sexual interest in a young male. It is, he went on to say, the "soul" that counts. This is a chilling line of reasoning. Cozzens' thesis is the Church's first challenge is to breakthrough the "wall of denial and silence" that has surrounded the issue of sexual abuse. Sacred Silence, to use President Reagan's phrase, is trying to "tear down that wall." The first part of the book identifies the factors that have motivated "denial" on the part of the clergy (institutional dynamics play a key role here) and the ways that silence has manifested itself, including a brief, but fascinating discussion of the failed efforts of African nuns to generate a dialogue on abuse when they first raised it in 1995. The remainder of the book focuses on potential reforms. Much of the problem stems, in Cozzens' view, from the tradition of celibacy itself. This tradition, he thinks, merits serious re-examination, as do other factors, including an expanded role for women and a revised, more representative process for selecting Bishops.

What disturbed me about Cozzens was not his substantive thesis, but his timid style. Here he runs the risk of sending the wrong signal to church authorities. He recognizes that there is a systemic problem here; that priests, insofar as they have been involved in the abuse of minors, have overwhelmingly selected teenage boys as opposed to girls and; that, more often than not, far too little was done to protect the children themselves (as opposed to the offending priest, as William F. Buckley has observed). With all this, it would seem incumbent on the Church to study carefully the mental rationalizations used by abusing priests, and flat-out irresponsible not to do so. Cozzens is clear, but still stepping carefully when he states: "The results of such studies would be distrubing... yet [are] essential to any long-term resolution." And, "Now is the time for the church to address with compassion and sensitivity a reality it wants to deny.." And, "it is time to tell the truth in love." All this is, of course, correct; the problem is that it is obviously correct. As citizens, Catholics would respond as quickly and as decisvely as non-Catholics to child abuse at a local public school. Recurring abuse and heads would roll, including those on the school board. In this area, it seems, the law is more advanced the institution's moral sensibility. The problem of abuse that the Church faces in the U.S. has, by all indications, been significantly under-estimated in Rome. What's lacking in Cozzens is not so much anger, but a sense of urgency. This problem and accompanying perceptions will not be perceived as being resolved in the absence of significant change. Here, church authorities, who really are Cozzens principal audience, have much to learn from Father Cozzens. But they should not be deceived by his measured tone -- in the timeless institution, time is now of the essence.

A Frank Discussion of a Wintry Season for Catholics  Aug 31, 2003
Beautifully written, this book is remarkable for its candor, its clarity, and its precision. Something terribly sad and completely unnecessary has fallen over the life of the Catholic community in the United States. It shows itself in many different ways. But its most characteristic feature is inhibited speech and an empty silence where a prayerful, well informed, discerning, and passionate conversation should be going on. For all concerned about the future of the Catholic Church this deeply thoughtful and humane book will explain the attitudes, decisions, and practices that are threatening it. If opening a way for God's Spirit to move freely in the desires and imaginations of human beings is part of what is meant by "prophecy," Donald Cozzens is a clear-eyed, soft-spoken prophet for Catholicism's present situation.
Unholy Silence  May 1, 2003
Perhaps other titles for this book could be, Unholy Silence or Sinful Silence. Cozzen's book truthfully sheds light and breaks the silence that has been hidden from the laity for far too long. This very important book is an excellent place to start seriously studying and investigating the systemic problems that caused the sexual rape and abuse of our children. These problems sadly are deeply rooted in our church and must br uprooted. Like an analizing sciencist every Catholic should read this book and others like it to help shed light as to why we have this problem! Only when the whole truth comes out can we start to rebuild and be the church that Jesus meant us to be.
Not the answer  Mar 13, 2003
I am also a Catholic priest. Here is a man who was rector of a seminary. Yet he takes no responsibility for the current problems. Instead he dares to offer advice. Penance would be more appropriate. I would ask him "why didn't you fix the problems when you had the chance as rector?" and "why if there is a problem with homosexuals in the priesthood did you not take action and expell them?". The answer to our problems is more fidelty not less. Fr. Cozzens is part of the problem not the answer. For the real answers we need only look to Pope John Paul II. If we had simply done what he has asked us to do for years we would not be in this situation.

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