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  •  I have heard (12+ / 0-)

    this list of excuses from far too many of my colleagues. One even said that his job in this case was to pray for all concerned and let Christ do the work.

    My response was that Christ called him out for a specific purpose and gave him fingers to use the damn phone as well as knees.

    It is deeply wrapped up in the prevailing patriarchal basis of the Christian faith, and much of my ministry involves challenging this at every opportunity.

    Nobody is normal because everyone is different- my eight year old daughter

    by left rev on Wed May 30, 2012 at 08:42:31 AM PDT

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    •  How much retiscence by clergy to report abuse (7+ / 0-)

      is from a genuine question of faith and/or dogma, and how much is simply from a fear to get involved, in what is sure to be a messy and emotional legal fight that could tear a congregation apart?

      Too many times, as we have seen, it is much easier to look the other way and not get involved.  Doing the right thing can be very difficult sometimes.

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      by TX Freethinker on Wed May 30, 2012 at 09:14:26 AM PDT

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      •  Good questions all. (9+ / 0-)

        I think that most of the reluctance stems from fear of involvement and the consequences to congregations and pastors if the involvement becomes public knowledge. This would be the case in my denomination-I don't think I could unearth a single pastor who would go on record as supporting any type of abuse from a theological, biblical or faith perspective.

        There do exist denominations/congregations who would excuse abuse on the grounds that it is not abuse, but rather done out of love, disciple, and to fulfill the responsibility of the parent to raise obedient, God fearing children.

        Clearly, the latter group is utterly abhorrent to me. And I would challenge pastors whose reluctance stems from fear of involvement to look with discernment to the health of a congregation in which abuse goes unreported and unaddressed. This isn't a fine pastoral line to me, but rather a bright, sharp pastoral and prophetic line.

        Nobody is normal because everyone is different- my eight year old daughter

        by left rev on Wed May 30, 2012 at 09:24:59 AM PDT

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