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The Catholic Labyrinth: Power, Apathy, and a Passion for Reform in the American Church

Peter McDonough


In the wake of revelations about sexual abuse that scandalized the Catholic church, several groups came to prominence in the United States, some as advocates of reform, others as defenders of clerical governance. Three considerations have shaped their strategies. One is the connection between the sexual teaching of the church and its hierarchical structure of authority. Catholic neoconservatives succeeded in wedding traditional concerns about sexuality and gender roles, heightened in reaction to the upheavals of the 1960s, with support for family values and a turn away from progressive economi ... More

Keywords: sexual abuse, scandals, Catholic neoconservatism, family values, church-state, constitutional interpretation, polarization, religious alienation, clerical hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751181
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter McDonough, author
Arizona State University