• 9780824524104
Patrick Fleming (Author) Sue Lauber-Fleming (Author) Mark T. Matousek (Author)

Broken Trust

Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers

The Catholic sexual abuse scandal shocked the nation and the world. While still recoiling from the pain and trauma of these tragedies, many seek to heal from the past and avoid the perpetuation of similar…

“The truth that sets us free is not just theoretical and philosophical, but often feels much more like simple honesty. We must speak with honesty without seeking vengeance or creating more victims. Here is a book…
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  • Title: Broken Trust
  • Subtitle: Stories of Pain, Hope, and Healing from Clerical Abuse Survivors and Abusers
  • Page Count: 240
  • Available Formats: Epub (9780824550110), Trade-paper (9780824526290), Cloth (9780824524104)
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9.25
  • Publication Date: 01/05/2007
  • Edition: Cloth
  • BISAC 2 : RELIGION / Christianity/Catholic
  • BISAC 3: SELF-HELP / Abuse
  • Original language: English
  • Retail US: Epub (18.99), Trade-paper (18.95), Cloth (19.95)
  • Retail Canada: Epub (), Trade-paper (), Cloth (21.95)
  • Retail Canada: 21.95

Patrick Fleming (Author)

Patrick Fleming, MDiv, MSW, LCSW, CSAT, is a psychotherapist in private practice with his wife, Sue Lauber-Fleming, in St. Louis. He trained extensively with Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., an international expert and researcher in the field of sexual addiction. Fleming has over twenty years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and groups facing a wide variety of psychological problems, including male and female adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, some of these victims of clerical abuse. In the last fifteen years, he has specialized in working with those suffering from sexual compulsivity and addiction. He is a certified sexual addiction therapist. His expertise has led him to work extensively with priests and other clergy, Catholic and Protestant, who have abused. Patrick is also a former parish priest and hospital chaplain. With Sue Lauber-Fleming he founded Double Rainbow Coaching, Counseling and Consulting, a private practice dedicated to interweaving psychology with faith and spirituality to promote the healing and growth of individuals and groups. Together, they provide group and individual psychotherapy to recovering Catholic priests and brothers at the Recon program outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

Sue Lauber-Fleming (Author)

Sue Lauber-Fleming, RN, MA, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice with her husband, Patrick Fleming, in St. Louis. She trained extensively with family therapy pioneer Virginia Satir. She has over twenty years of experience working with individuals and groups and addressing a variety of psychological problems. The focus of her work has been bringing healing to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, including those abused by clergy. She is herself a survivor of clerical sexual abuse. In more recent years, she has been providing group and individual counseling to priests who have abused. Sue has been a psychological and organizational consultant to several Catholic religious communities and teaches and has facilitated year-long community-building classes for the international novitiate of a religious order of men for the past twelve years.

Mark T. Matousek (Author)

Mark T. Matousek, MS, CCDC, was born and raised in Bayside, New York. He graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary High School and earned a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from St. John's University. He has focused his work in the area of addictions and earned his CCDC (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor) certification. He was the administrator of an inpatient drug and alcohol program in Maryland and also worked for the American Cancer Society. Mark located to Missouri to become the director of clinical services of Recon, Inc. He has been with the Recon program for thirteen years. He works closely with the staff of Recon in assisting and educating the Catholic Church regarding the problems of sexual abuse and the need for permanent residency programs for post-offenders.

  1. "If there is any light to be found in the darkness of the catholic clerical sexual abuse scandal, these authors point the way toward it by letting five recovering abusers tell their stories. Fleming and Lauber-Fleming, both psychotherapists, and Matousek, a chemical dependency counselor, say the abusers with whom they have worked professionally all have suffered some kind of trauma, often sexual abuse, that in turn affected their behavior as priests. These stories need to be told, the authors say, in the interest of breaking the cycle of abuse. Abusers whose stories appear in the book had to meet strict criteria, including taking full responsibility for their behavior. The book also includes narratives from three victims, one of whom is Lauber-Fleming, and makes a strong case that priests who abuse are sick, much like alcoholics. The authors insist that such priests can be helped, and they present a proposal for church-sponsored healing dialogues between victim and abuser as well as a model of residential recovery based on a facility directed by Matousek. Readers who are open to hearing the voices of abusers will find a very human portrayal, but one that also offers sound solutions."
    --Publishers Weekly
  2. "The significance of this book cannot be overestimated . . . For those who honestly seek to understand this great tragedy that has so devastated the Church, this book will be a light in the darkness of a shameful period in Church history."
    --Catholic Press Association

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