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Lothstein, L.M. (2004). Men of the Flesh: The Evaluation and Treatment of Sexually Abusing Priests. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5(1):167-195.

(2004). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5(1):167-195

Men of the Flesh: The Evaluation and Treatment of Sexually Abusing Priests

Leslie M. Lothstein, Ph.D., ABPP

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is experiencing a financial, psychological, public relations, theological, and spiritual crisis over priests who sexually abused minors or acted out sexually in a variety of ways and members of the church hierarchy who covered up their crimes in order to prevent scandal. In this chapter I discuss the problems of sexuality among errant clergy through my work at The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital's Mental Health Network.

I argue that if change is to take place in the Roman Catholic Church, it must be systemic and Catholic moral theology needs to develop a more developmentally and scientifically sound narrative of human sexuality for parishioners and clergy.

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