Sex Roles (2009) 60:910–911 DOI 10.1007/s11199-008-9559-3 BOOK REVIEW Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church. By Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea. Nashville TN, Vanderbilt University Press. 2007, 320 pp, $24.95 (paperback), ISBN-13:978-0-8265-1547-6 Leslie Lothstein Published online: 30 October 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2008 Introduction right to the heart of the psychological explanations. She alludes to, but does not go far enough, in arguing the idea The issue of power and domination in the church sex abuse that there is no healthy narrative of human sexuality that is crisis is not a new idea and has been documented routinely taught in the church and that issues of repressed throughout history (Manchester 1993). Over a decade ago, sexuality are yoked to an outdated, medieval theology of Richard Sipe (1990, 1995, 2003), an ordained priest and a sex that is taught as part of current Catholic sexual mores. former monk who left the church to marry, gave an Frawley-O’Dea argues that the Church hierarchy and insider’s view of the crisis of power, sexuality and celibacy. theologians refuse to accept the insights of postmodernism In this new book, psychologist–psychoanalyst Frawley- and any scientific theories that differ from the Church’s O’Dea
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