Cover of: Mortal sins | Michael D'Antonio

Mortal sins

sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal

Large Print edition.

Published .
Written in English.

About the Edition

In the mid-1980s, a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican's embassy in Washington criss-crossed America 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.

Table of 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
"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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 645-711).

Thorndike Press large print nonfiction, Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
BX1912.9 .D365 2013b

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715 pages (large print) ;
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