When Values Collide Pb Paperback
The Catholic Church, Sexual Abuse and the Challenges of Leadership
by Joseph P. Chinnici;
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When Values Collide Pb
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When Values Collide Pb by Joseph P. Chinnici was published by Orbis Books in June 2010 and is our 54367th best seller. The ISBN for When Values Collide Pb is 9781570758737.
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When Values CollideHelen Hancox, via The Good Book Stall
This was a very well-written and thoughtful book about the sexual abuse scandal in the American Catholic Church and specifically the Franciscan Friars in California. The specific events that took place and those who perpetrated them are not the main subject of this book; instead it looks at the conflicting requirements of pastoral care for families against legal requirements of no contact between parties, at the need to financially recompense victims against the Franciscans' vow of poverty and lack of ownership of personal property. As such I wasn't sure for whom this book was aimed (church leaders?) but felt, after reading it, perhaps it wasn't that suitable for the average person in the pew.
The first few chapters of the book gave an overview of the historical situation as tales of abuse came to light in particular locations, then more widely. The ways in which the Franciscans dealt with the problems, setting up a board of Inquiry and more, are also explained, as are the issues that hit the local newspapers and how that changed the course of events. The author of the book happened to be Provincial Supervisor at that time and the stresses of the situation on him and other Friars, most of whom were blameless of any abuse, were notable.
Subsequent chapters focus on how the Friars and the wider Catholic church deal with the collision between values and behaviour, the change in public view of the hierarchies and the far-reaching scandal, the legal compensation and settlements, all intertwined with lessons to be learned from the life and writings of St Francis of Assisi and Bonaventure.
This is a useful book on a difficult subject, although I felt it had some omissions. For example, we learn almost nothing about priests and friars who have carried out the abuse and how they were dealt with, which left me with a slightly one-sided feeling about the book (all about the healing of church structures, not about abuse victims or even abusers). The book is more of a theological overview of how the Church's former position as the repository of holiness had to adapt to the new situation of acknowledging evil within. It is well written and sobering.
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Details for When Values Collide Pb
|Author / Artist||Joseph P. Chinnici|
|Publisher||Orbis Books (June 2010)|
|Number of Pages||192|
|Page last updated||24th February 2018|