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Pope Francis : Zero-Tolerance on Abuse

The fight against abuse in the Church began slowly, but today it is an irreversible path.  Pope Francis stressed this in an interview with Reuters: “(After Boston) the Church started zero tolerance slowly and moved forward. And I think the direction taken on this is irreversible.” Source: Vatican News Continue reading

The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’
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The Roots of Spiritual Abuse: ‘A sobering, terrifying, helpful account’

Certain aberrations are systemic. There is the paradigm of the charismatic superior who usurps the place of the rule, spurns canon law, and assumes control over others by way of affective alliances playing on dynamics of seduction and exclusion, instrumentalising guilt: ‘After all I have done for you, you turn away from me?!’ There is…

Philippines: A Call to End Impunity of Priests Guilty of Sex Abuse
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Philippines: A Call to End Impunity of Priests Guilty of Sex Abuse

The vast majority of Philippine clergy are faithful and hard-working and are deeply ashamed of the terrible crimes against children that are being allowed to happen. They feel their priesthood is under a cloud by church inaction or silence against abusive clergy. No priest has been known to have reported a fellow priest for child…

Safeguarding: African Scholars Highlight Clericalism and Patriarchy
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Safeguarding: African Scholars Highlight Clericalism and Patriarchy

(Sr Ngalula): “The faithful who have assimilated clericalism reproduce the same deviant behaviors of clerics when they have positions of responsibility in the Church. They also do not accuse the clerics of abuses in the Church and society, and teach that to speak badly of a cleric is a sin and an attack on the…