Mortal sins : sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal / Michael D'Antonio.

Author
D'Antonio, Michael, 1955- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Description
viii, 400 pages ; 24 cm.

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Summary note
  • "An explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justiceIn the mid-1980s a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican's embassy in Washington set out to investigate the problem of sexually abusive priests. He found a scandal in the making, confirmed by secret files revealing complaints that had been hidden from police and covered up by the Church hierarchy. He also understood that the United States judicial system was eager to punish offenders and those who aided them. He presented all of this to the American bishops, warning that the Church could be devastated by negative publicity and bankrupted by its legal liability. They ignored him. Meanwhile, a young lawyer listened to a new client describe an abusive sexual history with a priest that began when he was ten years old. His parents' complaints were downplayed by Church officials who offered them money to go away. The lawyer saw a claim that any defendant would want to settle. Then he began to suspect he was onto something bigger, involving thousands of priests who had abused countless children while the Church had done almost nothing about it. The lawsuit he filed would touch off a legal war of historic and global proportions. Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, Michael D'Antonio's Mortal Sins brings to mind landmark books such as All the President's Men, And the Band Played On, and The Informant, as it reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "In the mid-1980s a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican's embassy in Washington criss-crossed America to investigate the problem of pedophile priests. At every stop he found secret files revealing complaints that had been hidden from police and covered-up by the hierarchy. He also understood that the US judicial system was eager to punish offenders and those who aided them. He presented all this to the American bishops, warning that the church could be devastated by scandal and bankrupted by its legal liability. They ignored him. Meanwhile, a young lawyer listened to a new client describe a sexual relationship with a priest that began when he was ten years-old. His parents' complaints were downplayed by Church officials who offered them money to go away. He saw a claim that any defendant would want to settle. Then he began to suspect he was onto something bigger, involving thousands of priests who had abused countless children while the church had done almost nothing about it. The lawsuit he filed would touch-off a legal war of historic and global proportions. Part history, part journalism, and part true-crime thriller, Mortal Sins promises to strike the same chords as All the President's Men, The Informant, and As the Band Played On as it reveals a long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world. "-- Provided by publisher.
  • An explosive, sweeping account of the pedophile scandal that has sent the Catholic church into a tailspin and the fight to bring it to justice.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-378) and index.
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
Contents
  • Clerical culture
  • The Church knows
  • Sexual intellectuals
  • Spiritual betrayal
  • The Catholic States of America
  • A weeping priest
  • Five brothers, three victims
  • The angels had to cry
  • "What did the priest do to you, Greg?"
  • The measure of the elephant
  • Willful indifference
  • An attitude of resistance
  • The meaning of memory
  • The pendulum swings
  • Pushback
  • "Would a bishop lie?"
  • Oliver O'Grady
  • By other means
  • Paper chase
  • Catholic guilt
  • The open window
  • A reckoning
  • "Don't trust me"
  • A rolling catastrophe.
ISBN
  • 9780312594893 (hardback)
  • 0312594895 (hardback)
LCCN
^^2013003725
OCLC
811597411
RCP
H - S
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