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The silence we keep : one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal, Karol Jackowski

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The silence we keep : one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal
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The silence we keep
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one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal
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Karol Jackowski
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silence we keep
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one nuns view of the Catholic priest scandal
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eng
Review
  • Inspired by an article the author was asked to write for Rosie magazine, this book is a first effort at a more serious work for Jackowski, whose previous books have been lighter in tone (Sister Karol's Book of Spells and Blessings and Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die ). Here, she presents some cogent ideas about why the Catholic Church faces a sex-abuse scandal of mammoth proportions, but unfortunately, her threads of truth get tangled up in the presentation. Jackowski's evidence to support her claims is often anecdotal, or based on anonymous or secondary sources. For example, she backs her claim that few priests practice celibacy by citing a study showing 30 percent of priests to be sexually active, adding, "Some critics and seminarians, and most sisters I asked, felt the numbers should be doubled." Although she sees celibacy as a culprit, Jackowski acknowledges its inherent value and long tradition in many religions. She suggests it should not be required, noting that even St. Paul did not impose it on the early church. Forced celibacy, she writes, has been especially oppressive to men, causing them to act out their sexuality inappropriately. By contrast, she paints female religious celibates bound by the same constraints as liberated. Thus, Jackowski sees an opening of the priesthood to women on the horizon along with a renewal of "sisterhood" and a "New Pentecost" for her church. Readers will sense her passion even if they do not agree with her conclusions or methodology. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 50, p69)
  • This book by New York City nun Jackowski (Ten Fun Things To Do Before You Die ) could have been a powerful contribution to the growing body of literature surrounding the current sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, sloppy theology, overuse of generalizations and truisms, lack of documentation, colloquial language, and a less-than-professional tone undermine its credibility. The basic questions implied in the book's subject—What did the nuns know about sexual abuse by priests? Why did they keep silent? When will they speak out?—are never answered. Jackowski's history of both the priesthood and the sisterhood in the Church is superficial, and her predictions regarding the Church's future are simplistic. What is needed now is a counterpart for nuns to Donald Cozzens's responsible probe of the priestly culture of secrecy in Sacred Silence: Denial and Crisis in the Church . Jackowski's book is too idiosyncratic and vague to fill the bill.—Sheila Peiffer, Acad. of the Holy Names, Albany, NY --Sheila Peiffer (Reviewed February 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 3, p132)
  • No mere rap on the knuckles for the Catholic establishment, from a nun with 40 years in the sisterhood.Initially disqualifying herself as a Catholic historian, Sister Karol (Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die, not reviewed, etc.) goes right on to commingle her opinions with those of authoritative sources supporting her view that the prime aspect of the ongoing travails of the Church today is: Men did it. And they have been doing it, she opines, pretty much since the fifth century, when Saint Augustine got up one morning with an exaggerated, if not paranoid, dread of what "the intrinsic evil of sexual pleasure and the seductively subordinate nature of women" would do to his church. Augustine's law of celibacy, the author believes, drawn directly from pagan religious practices and applied to a select all-male priesthood otherwise anointed with power and privilege, was a major derailment of what the preexisting populist "Jesus Movement" had intended. She also cites a firm economic basis for celibacy (no families to support or to inherit property) that was not lost on two millennia of popes and their accountants. Not that celibacy was ever observed all that much by the Church fathers and their brethren, she asserts, citing centuries of "rampant" sexual activity in monasteries, Venetian convents operated as upper-class brothels, and even a pope who died in an adulterous embrace—possibly bludgeoned by the offended husband. History recounted, her stance is: What did you expect? Forced celibacy is tantamount to abuse and creates abusers protected by a pervasive tradition of "infallibility, guarded by secrecy and silence." Sexual straying in convents today? Maybe occasionally, the still-devout sister allows, but nothing like the priesthood and virtually no abuse of children or parishioners. Her final word? Only a "second Pentecost" can save Catholicism.A stridently feminist plea for another fall of Rome, if that's what it takes. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2003)
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Jackowski, Karol
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non fiction
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  • Catholic Church
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  • Monastic and religious life of women
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one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal
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The silence we keep : one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal, Karol Jackowski
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip044/2003011615.html
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204) and index
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Contents
Priesthood in the beginning -- Priesthood in the Middle Ages -- Priesthood now -- Sisterhood in the beginning -- Sisterhood in the Middle Ages -- Sisterhood now -- The priesthood of the people -- The sisterhood of all women -- The rebirth of Catholicism
Control code
471947
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 209 pages
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9781400050550
Lccn
2003011615
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781400050550
  • (Sirsi) ADM-4868
Label
The silence we keep : one nun's view of the Catholic priest scandal, Karol Jackowski
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip044/2003011615.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-204) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Priesthood in the beginning -- Priesthood in the Middle Ages -- Priesthood now -- Sisterhood in the beginning -- Sisterhood in the Middle Ages -- Sisterhood now -- The priesthood of the people -- The sisterhood of all women -- The rebirth of Catholicism
Control code
471947
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
vii, 209 pages
Isbn
9781400050550
Lccn
2003011615
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400050550
  • (Sirsi) ADM-4868

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