Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

Title: Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church
Authors: Keenan, Marie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7688
Date: 1-Dec-2015
Abstract: This chapter presents the results of a study that explored the ways in which clerics who engaged in child sexual abuse made sense of their behaviour and the response of the Church hierarchy to allegations of abuse against clergy. It is argued that a systemic perspective offers the best explanation for both the abuse and the institutional response to the problem. In particular, the findings implicate institutional factors, such as a culture of secrecy and ignorance surrounding sex and relationships, clericalism, the interplay of power and powerlessness and an overly intellectualized understanding of morality into the causative explanatory frame. 
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge
Keywords: Child sexual abuseCatholic ChurchCommissions of inquiryCommissions of investigationSystemic perspective
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. and Butler, M. (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminonlogy
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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