Australian Defies Bishops on Book Tour

Chicago Tribune
June 8, 2008,0,6262024.story

Twelve Roman Catholic bishops have taken the extraordinary step of urging an Australian bishop to cancel his U.S. tour to promote his controversial new book about clergy sexual abuse.

In "Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus," retired auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson of Sydney argues that the church's priestly celibacy requirement has contributed to the sex abuse crisis.

Robinson, 70, says he won't cancel any part of the tour.


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