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International experts meet at Santa Clara University May 30-31 to write book on sexual abuse by priests
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- May 21, 2003 -- Leading experts in the area of clergy sexual abuse from across the United States, Canada, and Rome will meet at Santa Clara University this month to compile a new book, Sins Against the Innocent: Sexual abuse by priests and the role of the Catholic Church.
Priests, psychologists, lawyers, theologians, journalists, and the leader of a national victims’ group will be submitting and discussing their book chapters on May 30-31 at the University.
“The conference represents an effort to get past the headlines and the frenzy—to thoughtfully understand the problem so patterns of abuse can be stopped ,” said conference organizer and book editor Thomas Plante, a Santa Clara University psychology professor and clinical psychologist who has counseled church officials, priests, and victims of priest abuse.
The group’s working sessions won’t be open to the public, but some of the contributors will discuss the book at a press conference at , May 30, at the SCU Arts and Sciences Building.
Plante said papers presented and discussed at the conference will result in a “scholarly, multidisciplinary book on the topic of priestly sexual abuse and the Roman Catholic Church,” with chapters from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, history, religious studies, law, ethics, journalism, and abuse victims.
Some of the contributors are:
The new book is to be released in early 2004. A similar conference held at
The conference is co-sponsored by the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the President's Office. For more information about the press conference, or to schedule interviews, call Santa Clara University Media Relations, 408-554-5125, or email email@example.com.