Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast

A Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests—Diocesan and Religious

by James Valladares PhD


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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/9/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 328
ISBN : 9781462072415
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 328
ISBN : 9781462072408
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 328
ISBN : 9781462072392

About the Book

The clergy abuse scandal has posed the greatest threat to the traditional understanding of the Catholic priesthood since the Protestant Reformation. Now, as then, the deadliest attacks are coming from within the Church. In an attempt to improve a system that allowed a small minority of the clergy to violate children and ameliorate the gross negligence of some bishops who recycled these predators, the American bishops instituted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002. It is, unfortunately, doing the Church more harm than good.

In Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast, Fr. James Valladares shows how justice and charity have been violated by some bishops in dealing with accused priests. He examines the pertinent canons that guide the Church’s judicial system and finds that these are often ignored or wrongly applied. He provides true cases that highlight the injustice of the process and the agony of priests who have been subjected to the charter’s draconian mandates.

The Church has incurred tremendous financial losses because of settlements rising from both legitimate and false claims. Her image has been marred by the secular media, which has taken advantage of the crisis. Even so, we often fail to understand how trivial these are in comparison to the damage done to the priesthood by the enactment of the charter’s policies. This is the most pressing issue that the bishops need to address.


About the Author

Fr. James Valladares is a diocesan priest and an educational and counseling psychologist who is presently serving the archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia. This is his forty-second year in the pastoral ministry; the first nineteen years were spent in serving the archdiocese of Bombay (now Mumbai), India.