“I conducted this study to show that society is effectively tarring all priests with the same brush, using the allegations against a select few to discredit others.”
ADELAIDE, Australia (PRWEB) October 27, 2013
An insider’s perspective can sometimes be the most clear. Father James Valladares takes a hard look at recent child abuse allegations against the Catholic church in his new book, “Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast: A Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests-Diocesan and Religious” (published by iUniverse).
The book is a culmination of intense research and hours of candid conversations that Valladares facilitated among both priests and religious superiors. The goal, he says, was to determine a procedure for dealing with abuse allegations that would not compromise priest’s basic right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty as well as the sacred relationship between a priest and his superior.
“The deadliest attacks to the Catholic church are coming from within its own walls,” Valladares says. “I conducted this study to show that society is effectively tarring all priests with the same brush, using the allegations against a select few to discredit others.”
The procedure that Fr. Valladares developed, which is outlined in the book, is based on Scripture, Church traditions and teachings, as well as canon law, moral theology and pastoral praxis. Using this procedure, allegations can be promptly addressed without compromising the basic right of presumed innocence.
Valladares will present his book in 2014 at the annual New York Library Association Conference in Saratoga Spring, N.Y, Nov 5-8. The Annual Conference and Trade Show, held each October/November around the state, is the largest state library association conference held on the East Coast.
More information can be found at jamesvalladares.com.
“Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast”
By James Valladares, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781462072408
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781462072415
E-Book | 328 pages | ISBN 9781462072392
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
James Valladares, Ph.D. is a Catholic priest in the archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia. He has been in the priestly ministry for 44 years, with the first 19 spent in service of the archdiocese of Bomaby (Mumbai), India. After receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology, Valladares went on to secure a master’s in educational and counseling psychology and a doctorate in marriage counseling. The study featured in his book was completed while Valladares was a visiting scholar at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and St. John Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.
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