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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic ChurchGender, Power, and Organizational Culture$
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Marie Keenan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895670.001.0001

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Organized Irresponsibility (I)

Organized Irresponsibility (I)

The organizational and institutional culture of the catholic church

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Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Marie Keenan

Oxford University Press

Child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy represents a complex network of personal, relational, social, theological, and moral interconnections: some parts relate to other parts, but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Beyond matters of personal responsibility, sexual desire, and criminal or civil accountability, child sexual abuse by clergy takes place in an overlapping set of historically influenced contexts and social structures and processes involving actors both inside and outside the church. This chapter focuses on the Roman Catholic Church as an institution and reviews those institutional conditions that are presumed to have made sexual abuse by the Catholic Church and the response of the Catholic hierarchy possible.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, child sexual abuse, clergy, sexuality, moral teaching

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