When Ministers Sin: Sexual Abuse in the Churches

When Ministers Sin: Sexual Abuse in the Churches

by Neil Ormerod, Thea Ormerod

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Overview

In this explosive book are powerful and authentic stories of betrayal. These personal accounts of sexual abuse by ministers of religion might not have been listened to in the past. Today, the churches cannot ignore them.


""This book raises, in almost every story, the issue of power in human relationships. One of the important reasons for its publication is the repeated failure of the church to face this issue. It is so easy to dismiss claims of abuse between adults if we discount the issue of an imbalance of power. These stories face all clergy, and all those involved in client/professional relationships, with the need to come to terms with their grave responsibility and to develop a healthy and honest relationship with their own sexuality.""
--Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon


About the authors

Neil Ormerod is a well-known theologian, author, and Dean of Studies, St. Paul's Seminary, Sydney.

Thea Ormerod has a degree in social work and is currently employed as a domestic violence project officer.

The Ormerods have four children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532641428
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

About the authors Neil Ormerod is a well-known theologian, author, and Dean of Studies, St. Paul's Seminary, Sydney. Thea Ormerod has a degree in social work and is currently employed as a domestic violence project officer. The Ormerods have four children.

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments iv

Foreword Dorothy McRae-McMahon v

Introduction vii

Part 1

1 Pastoral Sexual Abuse 3

2 Celibacy: Problem or Solution? 21

3 From Victim to Survivor 33

4 The Abusive Minister 53

5 Perspectives on Church Response 71

6 A "Theology" of Abuse-Justifying the Unjustifiable 93

Part 2

7 No Safe Place 111

8 A Sacred Betrayal 123

9 A History of Individual Vulnerability 137

10 Not Only Men Abuse 145

11 Not Just The Victim 151

12 Secret Sex-Public Power 161

Epilogue 176

Select Bibliography 177

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