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The Shame That Lingers

A Survivor-Centered Critique of Catholic Sin-Talk


A. Denise Starkey

«This is a groundbreaking work in feminist theology and the intersection of theology and psychology. A. Denise Starkey challenges the long-held idea that shame is a necessary part of the Christian tradition and its liturgical and pastoral practices. By giving a voice to survivors of abuse, Starkey shows how the churches need to transform their ways of thinking and acting. The Shame That Lingers is a must-read for theologians, liturgists, counselors of victims, and church leaders.» (Susan A. Ross, Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago; Author of ‘Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology’ and ‘For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality and Justice’)