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Recommended Books on Catholic Cults + Child Abuse

FACTNet Recommended Books about Catholic Cults and Child Abuse

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Anatomy of A Life Possessed
by Maria Ferrara Pema
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"Her search for a deeper truth led Maria to a charismatic priest named Friar G., who gained her confidence, then abused it. In an effort to perform a miracle that would lead to sainthood, Friar G. tried to transfer the illness of a paralyzed boy onto the unsuspecting Maria. Sound preposterous? You haven't heard the half of it. What followed was 27 years of psychological and sexual torture...Maria's struggle to rid herself of this possession led to documents about a Vatican investigation into Friar G.'s mentor, whom the Catholic Church accused of brainwashing and abusing female parishioners. As the shocking truth is slowly revealed, you simply will not believe the cover-up by the Vatican and the Catholic Church."

A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church
by Frank Bruni, Elinor Burkett
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"Shame is the first stage of purgatory. This book will serve those who need and want an analysis of the scandal that is currently rocking the Catholic Church. The authors have combined investigative techniques and data to expose the disturbing practices that follow the acts of sexual abuse committed by clergymen in particular. In an effort to suppress scandal, the pain of the victims has been minimized, and an even greater scandal has arisen because the sexual abuse has been masked or concealed. This book will provide examples of a condition that needs to be unmasked in the name of justice and in the name of Catholicism. As painful as it is to behold the many faces of sexual abuse, which this work reveals, faith, hope, and charity demand this kind of confrontation because they can only grow in the light of truth. The sad facts, objectively met, can become agents of grace to assist the mission of religion. Shame is a sad fact but also a grace. --Gary Young"

Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests
by Thomas G. Plante
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"These essays outline a clinical agenda for professionals dealing with clergy sexual abuse. They should enable research clinical professionals, and clergy to identify the relevant issues in the identification, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent sexual abuse committed by Roman Catholic priests. Leading experts in the field from the United States and Canada have offered their different perspectives on this compelling problem including victim profiles for determining who is at risk."

Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children
by Jason Berry, Andrew M. Greeley
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"Between 1984 and 1992, Jason Berry's even handed reporting has turned up more than 400 priests and brothers in North America who have molested youngsters. With a novelist's touch that has won him two religious press awards, Berry defines the enormity of the problem with scholarship, compassion, and the poet's ability to find a balance. "

Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out About Priests' Sexual Abuse
by Paul Thigpen
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"Sexual abuse by Catholic priests? Cover-ups by bishops? How could this happen? What can we do about it? Catholics and non-Catholics alike have been scandalized in recent days by widespread reports of priests’ sexual crimes and bishops’ attempts to hide the misconduct. This "complex and difficult situation," as Pope John Paul II has called it, calls for a complex and thoughtful response. In Shaken by Scandals, fourteen Catholic leaders offer a variety of hard-hitting analyses, each focusing on a different aspect of the crisis."

The Cult of the Virgin Mary
by Michael P. Carroll
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"Tracing devotion to Mary to psychological and historical processes that began in the fifth century, Michael Carroll answers intriguing questions: What explains the many reports of Marian apparitions over the centuries? Why is Mary both "Virgin" and "Mother" simultaneously? Why has the Marian cult always been stronger in certain geographical areas than in others? The first half of the book presents a psychoanalytic explanation for the most salient facts about the Marian cult and the second addresses the question of Marian apparitions."

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