Toward Healing and Renewal: The 2012 Gregorian Symposium on Sexual Abuse of Minors

Toward Healing and Renewal: The 2012 Gregorian Symposium on Sexual Abuse of Minors


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Toward Healing and Renewal: The 2012 Gregorian Symposium on Sexual Abuse of Minors by Charles J. Scicluna

On February 6, 2012, an international symposium gathered at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome to address the problem of sexual abuse of minors by representatives of the Catholic Church, especially priests. Its purpose was to make an honest examination of conscience and begin the work of healing this wound in the Body of Christ.

With love inspired by the Gospel, the participants strove to create the beginnings of a culture in which effective protection of the vulnerable and support for victims can become a reality. Their work is presented here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809147946
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Charles J. Scicluna Hans Zollner David John Ayotte v

Message Conveyed on Behalf of His Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Symposium Participants Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone xi

Circular Letter to Assist Episcopal Conferences in Developing Guidelines for Dealing With Cases of Sexual Abuses of Minors Perpetrated by Clerics: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith xiii

Part I Addresses to the Symposium

Chapter 1 The Sexual Abuse of Minors: A Multifaceted Response to the Challenge Cardinal William Levada 3

Chapter 2 Healing a Wound at the Heart of the Church and Society Marie Collins Sheila Hollins 15

Chapter 3 Learning from Our Mistakes: Responding Effectively to Child Sexual Abusers Stephen J. Rossetti 29

Chapter 4 The Quest for Truth in Sexual Abuse Cases: A Moral and Legal Duty Charles J. Scicluna 47

Chapter 5 Candidates for the Priesthood and Religious Life: Selection, Screening, and Formation Bishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong 59

Chapter 6 Clergy Sexual Misconduct: Some Reflections from Asia Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle 79

Chapter 7 A Dialog Between Religion, Society, and Culture Edenio Valle 89

Chapter 8 Best Practices in Prevention of Sexual Abuse within the Church of South Africa Desmond Nair 113

Chapter 9 Drinking at the Springs of Healing and Renewal: Towards a Deeper Theological Reflection on the Problem of Sexual Abuse in the Church Joseph Carola Mark Rotsaert Michelina Tenace H. Miguel Yáñez 121

Chapter 10 Church, Abuse, and Pastoral Leadership Cardinal Reinhard Marx 139

Part II Workshop Papers

Chapter 11 Centre for Child Protection of the Institute of Psychology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome Hubert Liebhardt Hans Zollner 155

Chapter 12 Prevention and Mitigation of Abuse of Vulnerable Adults Paul Ashton 159

Chapter 13 The Internet and Pornography Gerard J. McGlone 171

Chapter 14 The True Cost of the Crisis: Piercings to the Heart of the Church Michael J. Bemi 185

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