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Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
I used Google to search for the recommended book in theology on Catholic churches and
sexual abuse. The book that showed up after many searches was Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in
the Catholic Church. Its author is Leon J. Podles, who is a former federal investigator, gives a
clearer perspective on sexual abuse in Catholic churches. I chose the book as it is both
academic and related to the topic. I used Google search engines to look for the book, read the
introduction and summary. The reason I used Google was that it is diverse in information and
related data. The exigence and kairos of the book come in a time when there was so much
speculation surrounding the largest institution in the world. In it, he elaborates the history and
the future surrounding Catholicism.
The chapter chosen in relation to Stasis Theory is titled Scope of Destruction. The main claim
in this chosen chapter is that children are indeed sexually abused and there are reasons why a
priest or bishop would sexually abuse a child or rape a nun. The claims made are that priest,
bishops do have boundaries, and there are reasons behind a religious leader being a sexual
one, and this being a something that has been happening for a long time. Using the Toulmin
Analysis, the claim made here is that sexual abuse does happen in the Catholic Church. The
chapter’s excerpt – ‘everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts’ explains
that priests are human too and have problems and challenges, and have trouble making
ethical decisions at time The grounds of this reasoning is the claims made to the authorities
about the assaults going on without anything being done. What warrants these claims are the
reports made, movements, and hash tags that spread the word on sexual assaults in Catholic
Churches by priests is something real and the abused are seeking justice. The backing to the
claims are the numbers reported of nuns having babies, others seeking abortions while others
commit suicide (Saroglou, 1333). It may not really be priests who do wrong, maybe the nuns
at times are wayward and seduce a religious leader. In retribution, although remedy is sought
for this scrounge, the damage has been extensively done to both the Catholic Church, religion
and the abused. This chapters argument explains the start of such an idea to its manifestation.
Besides a priest abusing an altar boy, it further explains what factors make the leader want to
do that repeatedly. It better shapes the understanding of this historical demise and the future.
The chapter also tries defining the evil nature in ‘Evil is not a division between groups of
people, them and us. It is a line that runs through each human heart’ by trying to define the
different types of religious offenders (Plante and McChesney,115).
The author, Leon J. Podles, is a credible source as with the number of publications he has and
his former profession as a Federal Investigator. He has been on various magazines and
publications and he is a senior editor at Touchstone. He is also a Christian with an NGO
dedicated to furthering the Christianity culture. The inclination in his book is in the claims of
celibacy being a reason why this happens. Leon J. Podles did handle the bias ethically. He,
however, stands with the reasoning that not having sex cannot be a reason that makes
children sexually desirable objects. The various stakeholders include the religious leaders, the
church, the religion and those affected. They risk losing their jobs, the church gets a bad
reputation and so does the religion and those affected are forever traumatized. What I realized
about the situation is its future. It has been happening for a long time now and still is
happening (Leon, 59). Will action ever be taken?
Plante, H., & McChesney, G. ‘Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis,’.
Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger (2011): 90 – 119
Saroglou, X. ‘Believing, bonding, behaving and belonging: The Big Four Religious
Dimensions and Cultural Variation: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. (2011): 1320–
Leon J. Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church. (1999): 56-60
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