Gibson's writing is direct, if almost painfully colloquial at times. His incessant insertion of quips and jokes can lighten the tone but also distract readers from the gravity of the discussion at hand.
His consideration of the three camps in the Church is accurate thought not incredibly balance. The laity, for all their relative powerlessness seem to take an inordinate weight in the text.
The concerns expressed by the reader from Indianapolis are pointed out in the text; in fact the church, especially in Africa, is experiencing clergy power abuses of a different sort which can be solved by a similar system of decentralization of power away from the Vatican.
The need for a stronger, though not necessarily heavier-handed, church leadership at all levels is evident. The solidarity of the priests and bishops and the remoteness of the laity can only be remedied by a resolution among all three factions to move beyond this scandal and to enter a relationship where the respect for all three parties is restored. This final conclusion is brought out only in the very end of Gibson's book.
In all, Gibson provides a well informed, though poorly documented, examination of the paths that have lead all three camps of Catholics to the current impasse and examines possible routes for all of them. His conclusion is optimistic and exhortative, that "the adventure of Catholicism is beginning anew".
David Gibson clearly presents the issues associated with sexual abuse in the American Catholic Church in its historic perspective and looks forward to a future where such behavior will not occur.