Betrayed: The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse by Richard Scorer

By Richard Scorer

because the mid-1980s, the Catholic Church has been embroiled in a profound predicament of clerical sexual abuse. in lots of Western international locations, paedophile clergymen were uncovered and convicted, and the Church's ethical and social status has suffered deeply. Scandals in eire and the United States were broadly documented and lots more and plenty debated. The English Catholic Church has additionally been shaken to its roots by way of allegations of abuse, yet before the placement in England has no longer been totally tested. This e-book, through one of many UK's top legal professionals within the box, is a stunning exposé of Catholic intercourse abuse circumstances in England over the last 40 years. Exploring the various features of the concern, it analyses the ways that the English Church has replied - and the ways that it has failed. the writer considers the motives of abuse, allegations of cover-ups, campaigns led through sufferers, battles in the Church, the felony dimensions and the controversy round the laicisation ('defrocking') of person clergymen. He makes an attempt to respond to the next questions: How severe has the matter been within the English Catholic Church? How successfully has the Church answered? Can it wish to get over this scandal - and, crucially, can it deal credibly and successfully with destiny allegations of abuse?

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