Kresta in the Afternoon – February 21, 2019 – Hour 2

+  The Abuse Crisis: A Review of Where we Are and Where We’re Going (full hour)

  • Description: The sexual misconduct crisis spreads beyond the United States, and it can be categorized into three situations: the sexual abuse of minors - typically adolescent males, the abuse of seminarians, and the tolerance and acceptance of actively homosexual priests and bishops. How did this get to be such a problem? We talk with Jane Adolphe, who has prepared a dossier on the crisis.
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    • Professor Jane Adolphe
      Jane Adolphe is a professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law.
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    • The Book of Gomorrah and St. Peter Damian’s Struggle Against Ecclesiastical Corruption

      "Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to cure, who will lead sick souls back to the state of health?" With these words, St. Peter Damian introduces the Book of Gomorrah, an eloquent and impassioned denunciation of a plague of homosexuality among the Catholic clergy during the 11th century. Although it was written almost a thousand years ago, the Book of Gomorrah seems addressed to our own times, associating the phenomena of clerical homosexuality and pederasty, and endorsing the imprisonment of clergy who are a danger to youth. The Book of Gomorrah offers a scathing analysis of the evil of sodomy, while also expressing compassion for those who have fallen into such vice and the possibility of their redemption by the aid of divine grace. It explains the devastating effects of the vice both spiritually and psychologically, and warns that such behavior, particularly among the clergy, will bring down the wrath of God. It also urges the permanent defrocking of clerics who are habituated to homosexual behavior and endorses the permanent confinement those guilty of child sex abuse. This new translation by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is the most accurate and faithful available in English, and carries a foreword by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara. It includes a 10,000-word biographical introduction recounting Damian's struggle against corruption in the Catholic Church, and a translator's preface that breaks new scholarly ground and resolves old controversies about the text. (learn more)

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