Mortal Sins

Mortal Sins

Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal

Book - 2013
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"An explosive, sweeping account of the scandal that has sent the Catholic Church into a tailspin -- and the brave few who fought for justice. In 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.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780312594893
Branch Call Number: 261.8327 DAN
Characteristics: viii, 400 p. ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2013

You don't wash your dirty laundry in public.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2013

Life's short, eat dessert first.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2013

We need accountability for future actions and past actions.

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SEBoiko
Jul 01, 2013

Catholics in America, whoc were by far Rome's greatest source of both donations and headaches.

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SEBoiko
Jun 25, 2013

I would be vehementy opposed to the dropping of any charge, and I would be very vocal in my opposition.

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Jun 25, 2013

Hell is the absence of hope.

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Jun 25, 2013

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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May 08, 2017

"no child's behind left"
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)
from “God Is Not Great : How Religion Poisons Everything” 2007

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Jun 25, 2013

An informative accout of an on going Dark Chapter in the Catholic Church World Wide.

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