Written by: Tim Staples
Fr. Patrick Brannan
Category: General (CD)
Sexual abuse of children is a most despicable and deplorable crime. Unfortunately, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has been racked with widespread reports and allegations of pedophilia and other sexual perversions involving an increasing number of priests and even bishops. Endless articles, television and talk radio programs, lawsuits and court convictions have sparked a feeding frenzy. Some people are now demanding Church authorities to break the secrecy and stop the supposed cover-ups. But, is what the secular media reports accurate? What is at the root of this horrendous evil? Is there, as charged, something about the institution of the priesthood itself that attracts or creates pedophiles? How should ordinary Catholics respond to such allegations in truth and justice and put the problem in its proper perspective?
In this most timely three-tape series, Fallen Fathers: Facts and Fallacies, Tim Staples and Fr. Patrick Brannan, S.J. team up to present thought-provoking reflections on the contemporary crisis facing the Church today. Tim and Fr. Brannan take a direct, honest, yet balanced look at the growing reports of sexual misconduct that have caused a tremendous amount of heartache and unprecedented media attention in recent times. Rather than simply sweeping the problem under the carpet, these two dedicated apostles of Christ discuss and examine such scandals marring the priesthood from perspectives seldom considered or purposely ignored. They do so in a straightforward, yet responsible manner.
Candid and concise in their comments, Tim and Father critically examine many dubious statistics, often freely quoted as fact, concerning this supposedly widespread "epidemic." Drawing from their own research and reflection, as well as their own unique experience in the seminary, they definitively debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that are strategically employed by the Church's enemies to distort and discredit Catholicism. Such erroneous or exaggerated information has unfortunately led many well-intentioned believers astray and done irreparable harm to the cause of Christ.
Turn the Tragedy Around
Fallen Fathers: Facts and Fallacies is intended for a mature audience. Many related topics are covered, such as priestly formation, theological training, celibacy, and the effects of the sexual revolution upon the family. Throughout their discussion, both Tim and Fr. Brannan consistently identify the real issues at play and help "turn the tragedy around" by providing a proper and practical spiritual viewpoint. Only in this way can one hope to better understand what is happening within our beloved Church and adequately respond to the burning questions of those outside the Church.
History has repeatedly proven that when times seem to be darkest, the Catholic Church has miraculously risen from the ashes. A renewed and stronger faith is often the fruit of suffering and purification. Tim and Fr. Brannan remind us that it is only by getting back to basic moral values and by rediscovering the fraternal nature of the priesthood that this modern crisis will be resolved. Fallen Fathers: Facts and Fallacies is an invaluable pastoral resource to make this happen by getting to the heart of the matter. Order your copy today and purchase another set for your pastor or favorite priest!
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