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Mortal Sins

Sex, Crime, And The Era Of Catholic Scandal

By Michael D'Antonio

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
 
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
 
An Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime Nominee
 
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.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9780312594893


Format: Book
Author: D'Antonio, Michael
Summary: An explosive, sweeping account of the pedophile scandal that has sent the Catholic church into a tailspin and the fight to bring it to justice.
Title: Mortal sins : sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal / Michael D'Antonio.
Publisher Date: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Subject: Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Sexual behavior Sex crimes -- Religious aspects. Child sexual abuse by clergy Pedophilia Child molesters
Isbn: 9780312594893 0312594895
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 261.83272 D'An
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Format: Book
Author: D'Antonio, Michael
Summary: An explosive, sweeping account of the pedophile scandal that has sent the Catholic church into a tailspin and the fight to bring it to justice.
Title: Mortal sins : sex, crime, and the era of Catholic scandal / Michael D'Antonio.
Publisher, Date: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Description: viii, 400 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Catholic Church -- Clergy -- Sexual behavior
Subjects: Sex crimes -- Religious aspects.
Subjects: Child sexual abuse by clergy
Subjects: Pedophilia
Subjects: Child molesters
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 350-352) and index.
ISBN: 9780312594893
ISBN: 0312594895
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 261.83272 D'An