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The Scandal: Rebuilding a Boat at Sea

The Scandal: Rebuilding a Boat at Sea

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction The Scandal: Rebuilding a Boat at Sea
Source:
Beyond Betrayal
Author(s):
Patricia EwickMarc W. Steinberg
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226644431.003.0001

This chapter begins with an account of the events precipitating the sexual abuse crisis and the early mobilization of the Voice of the Faithful, focusing on the initial hopes and expectations of its early participants and the growing rift with the Church hierarchy that emerged fairly quickly. Its focus then shifts to the formation of the St. Erasmus chapter of VOTF and provides a prosopography of its members. The chapter closes with a short outline of an emergentist perspective of social movement and collective identity.

Keywords:   scandal, mobilization, Voice of the Faithful

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