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A Review of Organizational Laws and Management Policies of the Roman Catholic Church to Address Clerical Child Sexual Abuse in the 20th Century

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dc.contributor.author Rashid, Faisal
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-28T16:00:17Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-28T16:00:17Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Rashid, F. (2022). A Review of Organizational Laws and Management Policies of the Roman Catholic Church to Address Clerical Child Sexual Abuse in the 20th Century. University of Massachusetts Amherst. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=cie_materials
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/5570
dc.description.abstract During the early 1980’s and 1990’s, clerical child sexual abuse (cCSA) in the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) gained public attention, escalating into a major scandal by the beginning of the 21st century. The Vatican’s response and ignorance expressed globally created the impression that the RCC had encountered the problem of cCSA for the first time, only recently; in the 20th century. The ecclesiastical authorities sought to justify their strategies of nonreporting of abuse to secular authorities, silencing victims, and transferring abusing priests to other locations, as a result of being surprised and confused by a phenomenon, they had been unaware of. The ‘Nolan Report’ commented that the RCC’s ignorance of pedophilia compounded by a desire to save the reputation of the Church, and a Christian instinct to forgive, led to failures to recognize the extent of abuse, scrutinize candidates for priesthood, and appropriately convey suspicion or proof of alleged misconduct. This paper examines the organizational laws and management policies developed by the RCC in the 20th century to address reported cCSA and highlights the perception of ignorance of the ecclesiastical authorities regarding pedophilia and deviant sexual behaviors amongst clerics as incredulous, in light of historical evidence. Such evidence includes knowledge, awareness, and development of organizational laws and internal institutional management strategies at the highest level of ecclesiastical governance, a continuously developed culture of secrecy, and an organized effort to avoid intervention of secular authorities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Massachusetts Amherst en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Pakistan en_US
dc.subject law en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject clergy abuse en_US
dc.subject review en_US
dc.subject culture of secrecy en_US
dc.title A Review of Organizational Laws and Management Policies of the Roman Catholic Church to Address Clerical Child Sexual Abuse in the 20th Century en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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