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A new site from the Boston Globe includes news updates on clergy abuse and other Catholic issues.
Globe coverage of the scandal has been divided into nine categories:


Books on the abuse scandal and the Catholic Church

 Books about clergy sex abuse 

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church
By the investigative staff of The Boston Globe, 2002

The Globe's investigative team delivers the full findings of their months-long investigation into the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Boston archdiocese, including new, never-disclosed details.
Review by Andrew Greeley (7/07/2002)   Buy it at
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From Scandal to Hope
By the Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel, 2002

Groeschel, a priest in the Archdiocese of New York, explores the roots of the clergy abuse scandal, including examinations of the way US bishops have handled the crisis and the performance of the media.
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Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out About Priests' Sexual Abuse
Edited by Thomas Paul Thigpen, 2002

A collection of essays by 14 prominent Catholic leaders on various aspects of the clergy abuse crisis.
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Unto Us a Child: Abuse and Deception in the Catholic Church
By Donald T. Phillips, 2002

Journalist Phillips tells the story of seven brothers and sisters from a poor Kansas family who were abused for years by priests and nuns at an orphanage run by the Catholic Church in the 1940s.
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Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis
By Philip Jenkins, 2001

Jenkins makes a detailed examination of the history of sexual abuse among the clergy, with a particular focus on the Roman Catholic Church, arguing that the scandal is not as widespread as the media suggests.
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A Gospel Of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church
By Elinor Burkett and Frank Bruni, 1993

Journalists Burkett and Bruni detail the tendency of church leaders to soft-pedal the problem of clergy abuse and make financial settlements with victims to keep tales of abuse out of the public view.
Review by David Mehegan (11/9/1993)   Buy it at
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Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children
By Jason Berry, 1992

Recounting cases from across North America, journalist Berry uncovers a disturbing pattern of bishops transferring abusive priests to other churches after hearing of molestation allegations against them.
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Broken Covenant: The Story of Father Bruce Ritter's Fall from Grace
By Charles M. Sennott, 1992

Globe reporter Sennott tells the story of the Rev. Bruce Ritter, a Franciscan priest who seduced and abused young followers while he was head of Covenant House, a highly successful New York charity mission.
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 Books responding to the scandal 

Telling Truths in Church: Scandal, Flesh, and Christian Speech
By Mark D. Jordan, 2003

Jordan, a religion professor at Emory University, responds to the abuse scandal with an examination of the church's hesitancy to confront traditionally taboo sexual subjects, particularly homsexuality.
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The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church
By George Weigel, 2002

Weigel, a theologian and biographer of Pope John Paul II, traces the roots of the clergy sex scandal and discusses the reforms he believes should be made to the Catholic Church to prevent future abuse.
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Goodbye, Good Men: How Liberals Brought Corruption into the Catholic Church
By Michael S. Rose, 2002

In a book written shortly before the current sex scandal broke, Rose explores the causes of the chronic Catholic priest shortage, criticizing what he sees as the encouragement of damaging liberal agendas in the church.
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Toward a New Catholic Church : The Promise of Reform
By James Carroll, 2002

Elaborating on the conclusions of his book, Constantine's Sword, Globe columnist Carroll examines the challenges facing the modern Catholic Church and makes the case for reforms and greater democracy.
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Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church
By Donald B. Cozzens, 2002

Cozzens, a professor of religious studies at John Carroll University, probes the conscious and unconscious dynamics that have sustained the church's culture of silence about clergy sexual abuse.
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Why I Am a Catholic
By Garry Wills, 2002

In a follow-up to his 2000 book, Papal Sin, Catholic scholar Wills criticizes the pope and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and provides a look at the underpinnings of his own faith.
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 Background / related issues 

What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life
By Thomas H. Groome, 2003

In a series of short essays, Boston College theology professor Groome describes the eight spiritual qualities that he believes are distinctly Catholic, including sacramentality, community, and reverence for tradition.
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Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process of the Next Papal Election
By John L. Allen Jr., 2002

Vatican correspondent Allen provides a detailed, understandable description of the processes involved in the next papal election and profiles the 20 leading cardinals likely to be considered for the post.
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The Unhealed Wound: The Church and Human Sexuality
By Eugene Kennedy, 2002

Kennedy, a psychologist and former priest, argues that many of the Catholic Church's current problems can be traced to the church's strict doctrine on sexuality and failure to humanely address sexual issues.
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Boston's Cardinal: Bernard Law, the Man and His Witness
Edited by Romanus Cessario, 2002

A collection of Cardinal Bernard F. Law's writings, including columns, speeches, and homilies.
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The Changing Face of the Priesthood
By Rev. Donald B. Cozzens, 2000

Cozzens, the president-rector of a Cleveland seminary, combines personal reflection and factual reporting in a somber survey of the American Catholic priesthood, which he suggests is becoming a gay profession.
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The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism
By Mark D. Jordan, 2000

Jordan, an Emory University theologan, examines the contradiction between the anti-gay stance of the Catholic Church and the all-male church hierarchy which, he argues, provides an ideal context for homosexual love.
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Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People
By Thomas H. O'Connor, 1998

O'Connor, a professor emeritus at Boston College, studies the social, cultural, and political impact the Roman Catholic Church achieved in New England in its rise from outlawed cult to regional powerhouse.
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Militant and Triumphant: William Henry O'Connell and the Catholic Church in Boston, 1859-1944
By James M. O'Toole, 1992

In a scathing biography of Boston's first cardinal, UMass-Boston professor O'Toole reveals that William Henry O'Connell condoned illicit marriages and other violations of church rules during his tenure.
Review by Daniel Golden (7/24/1992)   Buy it at
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Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church
By Thomas J. Reese, 1989

Reese, a Jesuit priest, explores the complex inner workings of the US church hierarchy, including the secretive process by which archbishops are chosen and the organization and governnance of the dioceses.
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