• Roman Catholic Church and Violence against Women

    Author(s):
    deniseopeia (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Catholicism, Feminist theology, Gender studies, Psychology, Religion
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Psychology, Roman Catholicism, Violence against women
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6J80V
    Abstract:
    The violations of sexual and domestic violence are bodily, psychological, and spiritual. Is it possible to find healing within the Roman Catholic Church? This chapter offers a cautionary yes. The history and characteristics of Catholicism are highlighted before turning to a consideration of the Church’s perpetuation and responses to violence and the roles of women. Although there are obstacles in scripture and tradition, both scripture and tradition also offer understandings of God and persons that promote wholeness. There is a growing awareness of the pandemic of domestic violence in the Catholic Church. The bishops’ pastoral letter, “When I Call for Help,” is an important resource that points to the need for development in responsible teaching by pastors as well as further training for lay ministers and members of congregations. The good news is that the depth and breadth of the Catholic tradition contains resources that mediate understandings of God and the person that do not make the loss of God a necessity for survival.
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