Monsters with Human Voices

Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church
Gender, Power and Organizational Culture
Marie Keenan
Oxford University Press, $62.50, 355 pp.

Nowhere have the revelations of child sexual abuse been more painful than in the various exposés of Catholic priests and religious. Once the silence about abuse in the church was broken, a host of new voices have been heard: victims, victim advocates, the media, the bishops, and even the pope. One voice that hasn’t been heard as often is that of priest-abusers. Marie Keenan, an Irish scholar and psychotherapist, has worked for over twenty years with survivors and...

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Dennis O’Brien, former president of the University of Rochester, is a longtime contributor to Commonweal.