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Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus [Paperback]

By Geoffrey Robinson (Author) & Donald Cozzens (Foreword by)
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Drawing on his own experience in responding to abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson in this explosive work methodically offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit. Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power. He offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium-a church that wants to see in its members the responsibility appropriate to adults rather than the obedience appropriate to children and wants to help all people to grow to become all they are capable of being. You will love or hate this book but not be able to remain neutral.

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Drawing on his own experience in responding to abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson methodically offers a critique of the church's use and misuse of power, from the pope proclaiming infallibly down to the preacher claiming a divine authority for every word spoken from the pulpit. Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, he presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power.

He offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium 'a church that wants to see in its members the responsibility appropriate to adults rather than the obedience appropriate to children and wants to help al people to grow to become al they are capable of being.

You will love or hate this book but not be ale to remain neutral.

"Through the story of sexual abuse and the church's response, I came to the unshakeable belief that within the Catholic Church there absolutely must be profound and enduring change. In particular, there must be change on the two subjects of power and sex."
'From the Introduction

"Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who has degrees in philosophy, theology, and church law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994, he was elected by the Australian Bishops to the National Committee for professional Standards, coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was cochairman of this committee."

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Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus by Geoffrey Robinson & Donald Cozzens has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Commonweal - 09/12/2008 page 34


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   The Liturgical Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0814618650  
ISBN13  9780814618653  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robinson served as head of the Church tribunal of the State of New South Wales, Australia, from 1971 to 1983 and as President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand from 1976 to 1983. Ordained a bishop in 1984, he has served since then as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.

Geoffrey Robinson was born in 1937.

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Highly recommended for community library collections concerning Catholicism  Jun 7, 2008
The scandals of pedophile Priests have done untold damage to the Catholic Church, and "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus" seeks to address the issue directly. Criticizing the church's abuse of power and looking to the Bible to offer a new approach to the church's stance on sexual morality, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church strives to focus on the people and to be forgiving of their flaws. Calling for a gradual reformation of the Catholic church, "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus" is highly recommended for community library collections concerning Catholicism.
 
Gives a wonderful all-around view of the Church  May 31, 2008
Sorry--I have no time. I'm well qualified, though, for the five-stars. I was a nun under canon law for ten years, and am still in a non-canonical religious community. I have studied the Church and religion all my life, but am well rounded, with a Ph.D. in Spanish, minors in History and French, and 83 years of living as a seeker. I've been a congregationalist, atheist, Quaker, and Catholic, but I'm now a very fallen-away Catholic. My post-doctoral passion has been Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I've had the finest experts in Mexico as my friends. I've translated the source document into English (published in Mexico), participated in symposia, written articles, am published in the U.S. and Argentina, and have given countless slide lectures all over California and in Santa Fe. Trust me on the five stars!
 
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I look forward to reading this book, but have not yet had time to do so.
 

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