"An Abusive Church Culture? Clergy Sexual Abuse and Systemic Dysfunction in Ecclesial Faith and Life"

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This article addresses clergy sexual abuse in the light of Church dysfunction using the insights of family systems theory, identifying aspects of abuse in Church culture and Christian belief that help set the scene for abuse by Church officials. The emerging culture of managerialism in the Church, the way God has come to be imagined chiefly in terms of power, and the violence inherent in the substitutionary account of Christ's saving death are all considered critically, with alternatives offered demonstrating that non-violent versions of culture and belief are available. The potentially abusive nature of the Church's ressponse to the clergy abuse crisis is explored with human rights and justice implications considered. The article concludes with a suite of practical suggestions for better addressing the complex of issues involved in the scandal and tragedy of clergy sexual abuse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-49
Number of pages19
JournalSt. Mark's review: A journal of Christian thought and opinion
Volume2
Issue number205
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of '"An Abusive Church Culture? Clergy Sexual Abuse and Systemic Dysfunction in Ecclesial Faith and Life"'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this