Agony in the Garden by John Van Der Zee

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A monsignor, convicted of molestation, is imprisoned; a priest flees the country after repeated molestation charges; another commits suicide. A former priest and youth ministry leader is charged with rape and committing lewd acts against minors in a series of complaints dating back several decades. A charismatic Bishop resigns amid charges of sexual harassment and coercion brought by a priest who had himself been dismissed after being accused of stealing from church collections, and after a long career as a con artist. Welcome to the Catholic diocese of Santa Rosa, California.... In this powerful and compelling work, John van der Zee tells the story of Bishop George Patrick Ziemann’s tortured relationship with con artist priest Father Jorge Hume Salas, the ensuing sexual and financial scandal that, ironically, thanks to a popular insurgency by rank and file Santa Rosa Catholics, enabled the diocese and the church to revitalize itself.
 

About John Van Der Zee

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John van der Zee is the author of a dozen books, including the best seller The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country and salon.com. He lives in San Francisco and in Healdsburg, California.
 
Published December 12, 2002 by Nation Books. 248 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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citing a study by a former Benedictine, he estimates that only half of all priests practice celibacy, while of the rest “ten percent have homosexual behaviors, five percent are problem masturbators, four percent are ephebephiles—involved with adolescent partners—two percent are pedophiles and one...

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The author begins by outlining the relationship between Jorge Hume Salas, a Mexican priest who was hired by the Santa Rosa parish despite his questionable background, and Bishop Patrick Ziemann, the charismatic leader who used Hume for sex in a relationship that led to a series of civil suits by ...

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