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An Irish tragedy
Joe Rigert

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An Irish tragedy
how sex abuse by Irish priests helped cripple the Catholic Church
Joe Rigert

Published 2008 by Crossland Press in Baltimore, MD .
Written in English.

About the Book

"The story of how Irish immigrants helped to build the American Catholic Church is well-known. But the sad tale of how Irish priests later undermined the Church has gone untold, until now. Investigative reporter Joe Rigert's search for the roots of the Catholic sex-abuse scandals led him to Ireland. There, he found that rigid sexual repression in both society and the priesthood had the opposite of its intended effect, fostering bizarre and criminal sexual expression. Though a tiny country, Ireland has been a chief exporter of abusers to America. The cases Rigert documents range from a priest who as a youth was molested by priests in Ireland and then went on to abuse up to 50 girls and boys in America, to a bishop who had never dated a girl in his home country and later turned to boys for sexual satisfaction in an American seminary. Ultimately, Rigert reveals that abuse by Irish priests mirrors a sexual disorder in the Vatican itself. The late Pope John Paul II looked to Ireland to maintain his strict view on sexual morality, but could not enforce it even in his own nation state"--P. [4] of cover.

Table of Contents

An Irish pedophile
Priests and children
Consenting adults?
The bishop and the boys
Gay boys
The Irish seedbed
Celibacy and sex
The Pope and Ireland
Shared secrets
An epilogue and more.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-165) and index.


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177 p. ;
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