By Joe Rigert
The tale of the way Irish immigrants helped to construct the yank Catholic Church is recognized. however the unhappy story of the way Irish monks later undermined the Church has long past untold, formerly. Investigative reporter Joe Rigert's look for the roots of the Catholic sex-abuse scandals led him to eire, the place he came across that inflexible sexual repression in either society and the priesthood has had the other of its meant influence, fostering extraordinary and legal sexual expression. even though a tiny nation, eire has been a first-rate exporter of abusers to the United States, making the Catholic Church's darkest challenge a real Irish tragedy. Catholic historian Terrance Dosh calls this ebook "a riveting learn with many striking insights." writer Joe Rigert is a veteran investigative journalist, retired from the megastar Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served as president of the foreign association Investigative newshounds & Editors.
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12 In a house that is well ordered the elders should live the life of the young, the younger the life of the mature, so that the former may display the keenness of youth, the latter the judgment of full age. 13 Better great prudence and ordinary holiness than great holiness and little prudence. 14 The laborers in the Lord’s vineyard should have one foot on the ground, and the other raised to proceed on their journey. 25 Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola 15 He who has God lacks nothing, though he has nought else.
Ignatii Loiolae Societatis Iesu fundatoris. (The Life of St.
22 The man who professes to despise the world for Christ’s sake has no country on earth to call his own. 23 Whatever you have to suffer that God may will, or that the devil with God’s permission may bring upon you, nevertheless hope in God for victory. 24 I would not have the emotions, particularly anger, to be entirely extinguished and dead in those who are in authority, but kept in proper control. 25 Whatever suggestion comes to you from any source other than God or your rule is a temptation: hold it suspect.
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