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Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis - Working for Reform and Renewal

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal by Gregory Erlandson and Matthew Bunson

Since 1985, the Catholic Church in the United States has been living in the shadow of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. In 2002, revelations in Boston ignited an institutional nightmare. More recently, the scandal erupted in Ireland and spread across Europe. There is now a rush by some, both inside and outside the Church, to place direct blame upon Pope Benedict XVI.

There is no escaping the fact that Pope Benedict, as the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now as pope, has played a historically pivotal and personal role in the Vatican's response to the crisis.

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis is a groundbreaking, critically objective assessment of the criticism facing the pope as well as a review of his real response to the victims, abusers, bishops, media, and the millions of Catholics worldwide who continue to be justifiably horrified by the scandal. The first and foremost objective for this book is the truth -- no matter how difficult to face -- and letting the pope's record speak for itself.

What others are saying about the book -

"...imposes an intelligible narrative on the rain of facts, smears, potted history, arcane terminology and revulsion which have filled the media since March." - Michael Cook, MercatorNet, At last, all the facts between two covers

"...provide[s] a solid response to the over-the-top sensationalism that has created more heat than light in understanding sexual abuse of minors yesterday and today. But the authors also present a clear-eyed look at where the church was, what happened and where the church is now in responding to the tragedy of sexual abuse." - Robert P. Lockwood, Pittsburgh Catholic, A necessary read and serious study on the abuse crisis

Authors defend Pope Benedict, say sex crisis will mold legacy, Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY

About the authors

Gregory Erlandson is President and Publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Company. Our Sunday Visitor is one of the largest Catholic publishers in the world, publishing books, periodicals, curriculum, and pamphlets.

Matthew Bunson, editor of both The Catholic Almanac and The Catholic Answer magazine, has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Relevant Radio. During the 2005 papal interregnum and conclave, he served as a special consultant to USAToday.

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