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Sex, Scandal and Secularism: Crisis in the Catholic Church


As the cardinals converge on the Vatican City to select a new pope, they face a church in steep decline in the Western world. Empty pews are indicative of a community that has lost faith with its church, a church that has been consistently conservative and has failed to address either the modern issues it faces or its many scandals. Award-winning Star journalist Sandro Contenta, who has covered the Catholic church for more than a decade, looks at the state of the Church in Ireland and Quebec to reveal the lessons that the papal conclave should take to heart. Entertaining and insightful, Sex, Scandal and Secularism offers a fresh take on a critical issue.
Sandro Contenta is a feature writer at the Toronto Star. He joined the paper in 1981 and spent nine years as a foreign correspondent, reporting from the Middle East and Europe. He covered the second Palestinian intifada, as well as conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq and Lebanon and revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia, Tunisia and Egypt. A former education beat reporter, Contenta is the author of the book Rituals of Failure: What Schools Really Teach. His work has been nominated for four National Newspaper Awards.



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