Bad Pastors: Clergy Misconduct in Modern America by Anson D. Shupe,William A. Stacey,Susan E. Darnell

By Anson D. Shupe,William A. Stacey,Susan E. Darnell

Child-molesting clergymen, embezzled church treasures, philandering ministers and rabbis, even church-endorsed pyramid schemes that defraud gullible parishioners of thousands of bucks: for the prior decade, clergy misconduct has appeared consistently to be within the news.

Is there anything approximately spiritual organisations that fosters such misbehavior? Bad Pastors offers a number of new views and solidly grounded info on pastoral abuse, investigating sexual misconduct, monetary improprieties, and political and private abuse of authority. instead of targeting people who misbehave, the quantity investigates no matter if the root for clergy malfeasance is inherent in non secular corporations themselves, stemming from hierarchies of strength during which relied on leaders have the capacity to outline truth, regulate habit, or even supply or withhold the promise of immortality. Arguing that such phenomena come up out of organizational buildings, the participants don't concentrate on one specific faith, yet fairly deal with those incidents from an interfaith perspective.

Bad Pastors strikes past person case reports to contemplate a wide diversity of concerns surrounding clergy misconduct, from violence opposed to girls to the position of air of secrecy and abuse of strength in new spiritual pursuits. Highlighting similarities among different kinds of abuse, resembling family violence, the amount is helping us to conceptualize and comprehend clergy misconduct in new ways.

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