Catholic Women Confront Their Church

Stories of Hurt and Hope

Author: Celia Viggo Wexler

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442254149

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 5851

Catholic Women Confront Their Church tells the stories of nine women who have chosen to remain Catholic despite deep disagreements with the institutional church. From well-known figures to those who are lesser-known, the book highlights a diverse range of women whose stories illustrate not only problems in the church but also the promise of reform.
Women in the Catholic Church

Catholic Women Confront Their Church

Stories of Hurt and Hope

Author: Celia Viggo Wexler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781442254138

Category: Women in the Catholic Church

Page: 216

View: 6936

Catholic Women Confront Their Church tells the stories of nine women who have chosen to remain Catholic despite deep disagreements with the institutional church. From well-known figures to those who are lesser-known, the book highlights a diverse range of women whose stories illustrate not only problems in the church but also the promise of reform.
Political Science

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church

The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight

Author: The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316055697

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 7141

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service The story behind this groundbreaking book--one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate--has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of "hush money" that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims' silence--deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Out of the News

Former Journalists Discuss a Profession in Crisis

Author: Celia Viggo Wexler

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786492716

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 203

View: 5946

"This is a work of media history and criticism . It presents profiles of 11 journalists who left some of the country's biggest mainstream media outlets, and took on new challenges. Their stories give the reader a sense of what it means to be a reporter and to cover big news. But this book goes beyond media memoir"--Provided by publisher.

Catholic and Feminist

The Surprising History of the American Catholic Feminist Movement

Author: Mary J. Henold

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 1469606666

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 6089

In 1963, as Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique appeared and civil rights activists marched on Washington, a separate but related social movement emerged among American Catholics, says Mary Henold. Thousands of Catholic feminists--both lay women and women religious--marched, strategized, theologized, and prayed together, building sisterhood and confronting sexism in the Roman Catholic Church. In the first history of American Catholic feminism, Henold explores the movement from the 1960s through the early 1980s, showing that although Catholic feminists had much in common with their sisters in the larger American feminist movement, Catholic feminism was distinct and had not been simply imported from outside. Catholic feminism grew from within the church, rooted in women's own experiences of Catholicism and religious practice, Henold argues. She identifies the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), an inspiring but overtly sexist event that enraged and exhilarated Catholic women in equal measure, as a catalyst of the movement within the church. Catholic feminists regularly explained their feminism in terms of their commitment to a gospel mandate for social justice, liberation, and radical equality. They considered feminism to be a Christian principle. Yet as Catholic feminists confronted sexism in the church and the world, Henold explains, they struggled to integrate the two parts of their self-definition. Both Catholic culture and feminist culture indicated that such a conjunction was unlikely, if not impossible. Henold demonstrates that efforts to reconcile faith and feminism reveal both the complex nature of feminist consciousness and the creative potential of religious feminism.
Family & Relationships

Broken Trust

Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers

Author: Patrick Fleming,Sue Lauber-Fleming,Mark T. Matousek

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 239

View: 2908

Presents the firsthand stories of priest child abusers in their own words, revealing their struggles with anger, repentance, and self-delusion while sharing insight into the sources of their abusive behaviors, in a volume that also shares the stories of abuse survivors and their journeys toward healing. Original.

Sins of the Fathers

Author: Denise Buchanan


ISBN: 1304603377

Category: Religion

Page: 148

View: 3984

With humble beginnings in Kingston, Jamaica, Denise Buchanan grew up in the Christian faith with a deep reverence for the Catholic Church. This all shattered when at age seventeen she was sexually molested by a priest. This molestation resulted in an unwanted pregnancy which was aborted on orders from the Church. Carrying the burden of this secret for over thirty years, Denise sought out many spiritual traditions and academic pursuits in the hope of finding answers. In the book, Sins of the Fathers, Denise recounts her courageous journey through the guilt, shame and betrayal and ultimately delivers a message of hope, healing and spiritual awakening. To contribute to discussions on rape, abortion and God visit:
Biography & Autobiography

When We Were on Fire

A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over

Author: Addie Zierman

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 1601425465

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 3632

In the strange, us-versus-them Christian subculture of the 1990s, a person’s faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye. Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out. Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression. She isn’t sure if she’ll ever go back. When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church.
Biography & Autobiography

Cost of Truth

Author: Julie K. Parrott

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149900091X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

View: 5015

Donna Gordon grew up devoted to the Catholic faith. In her teen years, with an unwavering love for her religion, Donna entered the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Kedron, Brisbane, where she trained as a postulant and later as a novice nun. In 1969, after nearly three years, Donna changed her vocation from teaching to nursing, leaving Kedron to study at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Townsville, with the aim of serving her church as a health professional. In 1971, she met and fell in love with her future husband, Michael, whom she married in April 1973, never again to return to her calling. With a strong religious upbringing and time spent training as a priest in a Brisbane seminary, Michael was also a devout Catholic. After a thirteen-year loving marriage, five beautiful children and relentless soul searching, Donna came to the heart-breaking realisation she was gay. With an unquestionable belief in honesty and truth she opened her heart to those closest to her. This meant she had little choice but to make the painful decision to leave her husband and children to work through what this now meant for her and her family. Slowly, Donna came to terms with her sexuality. But her mother never accepted her new life, her children never again lived with her, many friends judged her harshly, and her marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church. Donna's journey is one of honesty, disclosure, strength, and the pain and fear she experienced on a daily basis as she fought for truth, acceptance, and her children in a deeply religious environment which supports family love but does not accept homosexuality. In September 2012, Donna Gordon was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. She is currently undergoing treatment and remains optimistically positive. As she fights yet another battle, Donna is today a strong, loving, confident woman who has welcomed her sexuality, made peace with her religion, has her children as her best friends, and is able to call the man she married a good friend. Donna and her loving partner Di will be retiring to Brisbane in 2014. This is Donna's story.

Sacred Silence

Denial and the Crisis in the Church

Author: Donald B. Cozzens

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814627310

Category: Religion

Page: 199

View: 9099

Both compassionate and challenging, Sacred Silence addresses the most stunning failure in the history of American Catholic leadership. Donald Cozzens, a respected commentator on Catholic life, analyzes the denial at the heart of the current crisis and explores the misplaced loyalties of the leaders that let the crisis fester and finally erupt. Offering a historical overview of our church leadership, Cozzens clarifies why the ecclesiastical system might be the real villain in the abuse scandal, and proposes a new direction. Book jacket.

Heart of Flesh

Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

Author: Joan Chittister

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802842824

Category: Religion

Page: 187

View: 1643

This book presents a look at what it means to have a feminist spirituality--a "heart of flesh"--in a world that glamorizes violence and allows domination. Joan Chittister unmasks the effects of sexism on both men and women and promotes a new spirituality.i
Young Adult Fiction

The Gospel of Winter

Author: Brendan Kiely

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442484918

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

View: 6406

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). As sixteen-year-old Aidan Donovan’s fractured family disintegrates around him, he searches for solace in a few bumps of Adderall, his father’s wet bar, and the attentions of his local priest, Father Greg—the only adult who actually listens to him. When Christmas hits, Aidan’s world collapses in a crisis of trust when he recognizes the darkness of Father Greg’s affections. He turns to a crew of new friends to help make sense of his life: Josie, the girl he just might love; Sophie, who’s a little wild; and Mark, the charismatic swim team captain whose own secret agonies converge with Aidan’s. The Gospel of Winter maps the ways love can be used as a weapon against the innocent—but can also, in the right hands, restore hope and even faith. Brendan Kiely’s unflinching and courageous debut novel exposes the damage from the secrets we keep and proves that in truth, there is power. And real love.

Chicago Catholic Women

Its Role in Founding the Catholic Women's Movement

Author: Donna Quinn

Publisher: Lake Claremont Press: A Chicago Joint

ISBN: 9781893121898

Category: History

Page: 264

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Why preserve the history of Chicago Catholic Women? 1) To give a gift to all people, now and for future generations, so that they will know what was done for them by women and men who were committed to ending gender discrimination in the Catholic Church and society. 2) To write the history--her story--of Chicago Catholic Women so that our role in one of the greatest movements of the twentieth century, the Women's Movement, will be known and celebrated. 3) To convey the importance of Chicago Catholic Women as one the founders of the Catholic Women's Movement. 4) To sustain the strength, courage, and perseverance of great women who planted the seeds of justice in a Church that never appreciated their contributions, and of those who continue to work for equality for all women and our daughters. Join author Donna Quinn as she recounts and reflects on 25 years of Chicago Catholic Women (1974-1999), the group's work advocating for full equality for women in church and society, and its pivotal involvement in the Catholic Women's Movement. Donna Quinn is a feminist, activist, scholar, sister, and friend to many. She coordinates the National Coalition of American Nuns, advocates with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and works with Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of feminist women and men working through twenty-six organizations.

Peace in the Storm

Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness

Author: Maureen Pratt

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 9780307423771

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 7216

In this practical and spiritual guide, she shares how she navigates through the frustrations, fears, and complexities of living with chronic pain and illness. Using a combination of Bible passages, her own observations and insights, and prayer, Pratt provides help on issues that include dealing with isolation, coping with medical expenses, and learning to say no. Written with unstinting honesty and humor, Peace in the Storm will help readers identify their own spiritual and physical needs.
Biography & Autobiography

The Oil Has Not Run Dry

The Story of My Theological Pathway

Author: Gregory Baum

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773599975

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 9622

Born to a Jewish mother and Protestant father in 1923 Berlin, Gregory Baum has devoted his career to a humanistic approach to Catholicism. In The Oil Has Not Run Dry, Baum shares recollections about his lifelong commitment to theology, his atypical views, and his evolving understanding of the Catholic Church’s message. Baum reflects on his groundbreaking work with the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and how it helped to open the Church to a new understanding of outsiders - one that advocated cooperation with world religions in support of peace and justice and respected secular philosophies committed to truth and social solidarity. Later embracing Latin American liberation theology, he became a leading thinker of the Catholic Left in Canada, adopting radical positions that initially earned support from Canadian bishops in the 1970s. Diverging from official Catholic doctrines regarding women and sexual ethics, Baum eventually left the priesthood, but continued to teach theology and remained active in the Church. The Oil Has Not Run Dry also discusses the contrast between Catholicism in Quebec and English-speaking North America, and the ways in which Baum sees Quebec’s culture as more marked by social solidarity. This significant difference has inspired his own writings which present the original development of Catholic thought in Quebec to an English-speaking readership.

A History of Loneliness

A Novel

Author: John Boyne

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374713022

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4311

The riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good." Forty years later, Odran's devotion is caught in revelations that shatter the Irish people's faith in the Catholic Church. He sees his friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed, and grows nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insults. At one point, he is even arrested when he takes the hand of a young boy and leads him out of a department store looking for the boy's mother. But when a family event opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within the church, and to recognize his own complicity in their propagation, within both the institution and his own family. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church

Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus

Author: Geoffrey Robinson,Donald Cozzens

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814618653

Category: Religion

Page: 307

View: 6899

"Offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit. Going back to the Bible and the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power"--Publisher description.

Bless Me, Mother

How Church Leaders Fail Women

Author: Finbarr M. Corr

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539142911


Page: 196

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I acknowledge that researching this book was both a challenge and a (benefit/ blessing/joy). A lifelong Catholic who served in the priesthood for 28 years, I believed I would learn nothing new about the role of women in the Church. I thought that the conflict between the Church's male hierarchy and women religious was something that began less than 50 years ago...WRONG. I also thought that none of the leadership positions in the international church organizations were headed by a woman...WRONG. The hostility between the male hierarchy and women religious in the Church actually began a century before Vatican Council II (1962-1965). On the issue of women's leadership in the Church, Wall-Street Journal reporter John J. Fialka, author of Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America, tells their story and passionately analyzes their remarkable contributions to education, healthcare, social reform, civil rights, and their patient but determined persistence of a meaningful role in the Church. Today, with Catholic women religious and Catholic lay women becoming leaders of international Church organizations, there is a renewed promise for women sharing equal authority with men in the future Church. As reported in an earlier chapter, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., was appointed the first female president and CEO of Catholic Charities U.S.A. This Dominican sister supervised a staff of 70,000 employees and administered social services to 10 million people at a time when, according to Crux Magazine, Pope Francis was pushing to give women more prominent roles in the Catholic Church.


Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Author: Leon J. Podles

Publisher: Crossland Foundation Press

ISBN: 9780979027994

Category: Psychology

Page: 675

View: 9022

Sacrilege explores the deep roots of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal, revealing its full depth and breadth. In horrifying yet necessary detail, former federal investigator Leon Podles surveys the full extent of the damage, showing how victims were failed by bishops, laity, therapists, police, courts, press, and even popes. Examining the history behind today's headlines, Dr. Podles reveals how centuries-old theological errors encouraged blind submission to hierarchy, by making obedience to authority the highest virtue. He also shines a light on the new theological errors, popularized since Vatican II, that glorify every type of sexual expression--including pedophilia. Sacrilege will prove an essential resource for all those concerned with the history and future of Catholicism.

Crimes of the Father

A Novel

Author: Thomas Keneally

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501128507

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4609

From one of our greatest living writers comes a “powerful story” (New York Post) about sin cloaked in sacrament, shame that enforces silence, and the courage of one priest who dares to speak the truth. Sent away from his native Australia to Canada due to his radical preaching against the Vietnam War, apartheid, and other hot button issues, Father Frank Docherty now enjoys a satisfying career as a psychologist and monk. When he returns to Australia to lecture on the future of celibacy and the Catholic Church, he is unwittingly pulled into the lives of two people—a young man and an ex-nun—both of whom claim to have been sexually abused by a prominent monsignor. As a member of the commission investigating sex abuse within the Church, and as a man of character and conscience, Docherty decides he must confront each party involved and try to bring the matter to the attention of both the Church and the secular authorities. What follows will shake him to the core and call into question many of his own choices. This riveting and timely novel is “the work of a richly experienced and compassionate writer [with] an understanding of a deeply wounded culture” (Sydney Morning Herald). It is an exploration of what it is to be a person of faith in the modern world, and of the courage it takes to face the truth about an institution you love.