The phenomenon of clergy sexual abuse is discussed in light of family systems theory and Girard's mimetic theory as a consequence of institutional dysfunction and theological distortions that damage individuals and issue in abusive behaviour. Australian and American reflections on this issue are canvassed. The superficial and potentially abusive nature of managerial responses on the church's part are also considered. A theological alternative to abusive God images is offered, with some practical suggestions.
|Title of host publication||Violence, desire, and the sacred|
|Subtitle of host publication||Rene Girard and sacrifice in life, love, and literature|
|Editors||Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming, Joel Hodge|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|