Sexual Abuse by Members of the Clergy


Crusade Against Clergy Abuse

Stop Baptist Predators: Shining light on Baptist clergy sex abuse.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others).

Take Courage: offering insights into collusion, rather than the primary abuses of perpetrators.

Tamar’s Voice: Ministering to those who hacve experienced clergy sexual abuse. Includes an e-newsletter.

Voice of the Faithful: Keep the faith, change the church.


Bailey, Charles L. (2006) In the shadow of the cross: The true account of my childhood sexual and ritual abuse at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest. iUniverse, NY, NY.
NOTE: Bailey’s personal journey of recovery. He reveals how his ill-treatment destroyed his innocence and robbed him of identity and faith and explains how family and friends were impacted by the tragedy, how his development from child to adult was full of pitfalls, and how he struggled with issues of intimacy. Through his work with support groups, such as SNAP, (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests), individual counseling, and his renewed faith in God, Bailey confronted his past and became an advocate for those impacted by clergy sexual abuse. 

Bartunek, Jean M. Hinsdale, Mary Ann, and Keenan James F., Eds. (2006) Church ethics and its organizational context: Learning from the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD.

Berry, J. (1992) Lead us not into temptation. Doubleday, NY, NY.
NOTE: Father Gauthe’s sexual abuse of children in Louisiana.

Cafardi, Nicholas P. (2008) Before Dallas: The U.S. bishops’ response to clergy sexual abuse of children. Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ.

Conway, Eamonn, Duffy, Eugene, and Shields, Attracta, Eds. (1999) The church and child sexual abuse: towards a pastoral response. Columba Press, Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland.

Echols, Mike. (1996) Brother Tony’s boys: The largest case of child prostitution in U.S. history. Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY. 1996.

Flanagan, Eamonn. (1995) Father and me: A story of sexual abuse at the hands of a priest. Harper Collins, North Blackburn, Vic., Australia.

Fortune, Marie M. (1999) Is nothing sacred? The story of a pastor, the women he sexually abused, and the congregation he nearly destroyed. United Church Press, Cleveland, OH.

Fortune, Marie M. and Longwood, W. Merle, Eds. (2003) Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church: Trusting the clergy? Haworth Pastoral Press, Binghamton, NY.

France, David, (2004) Our Fathers: The secret life of the Catholic Church in an age of scandal. Broadway Books, NY, NY.

Gaylor, Annie Laurie. (1988) Betrayal of trust: Clergy abuse of children. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Madison, WS.

Gerdes, Louise, Ed. (2003) Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Greenhaven Press, San Diego, CA.

Handlin, J.L., Ed. (2005) Survivors of predator priests. Tapestry Press, Irving, TX.

Harris, M. (1990) Unholy orders: Tragedy at Mount Carmel. Viking Press, NY, NY.

Jenkins, Philip, (1996) Pedophiles and priests: Anatomy of a contemporary crisis. Oxford University Press, NY, NY.

Kennedy, William H. (2004) Lucifer’s lodge: Satanic ritual abuse in the Catholic Church. Sophia Perennis
NOTE: Discusses various aspects of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, including ritual abuse, the cover-up of pedophilia, and the abuse and prostitution of nuns.  The influence of Aleister Crowley and other occultists/satanists on the twisted theology of so many fallen Catholic clergy is documented. In a chapter devoted to Paul Shanley, Kennedy documents that he was connected to the Process Church of the Final Judgement.
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Lytton, Timothy D. (2008) Holding bishops accountable: How lawsuits helped the Catholic Church confront clergy sexual abuse. Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, MA.

Moore, Chris. (1995) Betrayal of trust: The Father Brendan Smyth affair and the Catholic Church. Marino, Dublin, Ireland and Dufour Editions, Chester Springs, PA.

Moran, Martin. (2005) The tricky part: One boy’s fall from trespass into grace. Beacon Press, Boston, MA.

Neustein, Amy., Ed. (2009) Tempest in the Temple: Jewish communities and child sex scandals. Brandeis Univ. Press, Waltham, MA.

Parker, Jim. (2004) Raped in the house of God: The murder of my soul. iUniverse, NY, NY.
NOTE: Publisher’s information: Author Jim Parker recounts not only the immediate catastrophic impact of a 12-year-old boy being sexually abused, but also how his parents’ request to keep the abuse a secret led to over forty years of frustration and self destructive behavior. Parker gives the reader details of how his life has been altered, including: His loss of purpose – Inability to achieve in school – Distrust of men – Failed relationships with family and others – Inability to set clear boundaries – Years of isolation – Three failed marriages

Phillips, Donald T. (2002) Unto us a child: Abuse and deception in the Catholic Church: The true story of an American family. Tapestry Press, Irving, TX.

Plante, Thomas G., Ed. (1999) Bless me Father for I have sinned: Perspectives on sexual abuse committed by Roman Catholic priests. Praeger, Westport, CN.

O’Connor, Alison. (2000) A message from Heaven: The life and crimes of Father Sean Fortune. Brandon, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

O’Doherty, Iseult. (1998) Stolen childhood: Testimonies of the survivors of child sexual abuse. Poolbeg, Dublin, Ireland.

Rossetti, Stephen J. (1990) Slayer of the soul: Child sexual abuse and the Catholic Church. Twenty-Third Publications, Mystic, CN.

Sennott, Charles M. (1992) Broken covenant. Simon and Schuster, NY, NY.

Sipe, A. W. R. (1990) A secret world: Sexuality and the search for celibacy. Brunner/Mazel, NY, NY.

Stiles, Hilary. (1987) Assault on innocence. B and K Publishers, Albuquerque, NM.

Thoburn, John. (2011) Clergy sexual misconduct: A systems approach to prevention, intervention, and oversight. Gentle Path Press, Carefree, AZ.

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Wilkinson, Earl K., Ed. (1994) People, priests and pedophiles. International Research Foundation, Makati, Metro, Manila.