Ecclesial roots of clergy sexual abuse: A Girardian reflection

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationViolence, desire, and the sacred
    Subtitle of host publicationRene Girard and sacrifice in life, love, and literature
    EditorsScott Cowdell, Chris Fleming, Joel Hodge
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherBloomsbury Academic
    Chapter18
    Pages233-246
    Number of pages14
    Volume2
    ISBN (Print)9781623561963
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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