Today, I was scanning the news about Catholicism on the internet and came across the story below from India:
No Spotlight in India: Sex abuse in Catholic Church a blind spot?
Clerical sexual misconduct is an unintended consequence of enforced celibacy, whether in the United States, India, or elsewhere. The article mentions an autobiography written by an Indian nun, Sister Jesme, which details the many abuses she encountered:
Amen: The Autobiography of a Nun
By Sister Jesme
Penguin, 2009, 192 pages
The book is available from Amazon.com. I ordered my copy and I’ll be posting a review somewhere down the road.
The movie, “Spotlight,” which just won the Oscar for Best Film of 2015 for its portrayal of the investigation of pedophile priests in Boston was based on:
Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church
By The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
Back Bay Books, 2003, 304 pages
A 2015 edition is available at Amazon.com.
For centuries the Catholic church was able to largely conceal the abuses inflicted by its celibate clergy but, thanks be to God, the church is at least now under the unsympathetic spotlight of public scrutiny.