Doing Theology in the Face of Abuse

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In March the CCP is inviting theologians to an event: “Doing Theology in the Face of Abuse.” This international gathering does not fall neatly into the established academic categories of conference, congress, colloquium, symposium, or workshop. We have called it a laboratory to accent the involvement of the participants in examining the questions that arise when seeking to do theology...

Protection from spiritual abuse needed in safeguarding

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In the formation of leaders in the Church, the issue of “spiritual abuse” should be addressed as part of safeguarding policies, while humility and love should be taught as pillars of ministry, theologian and abuse survivor Dr Rocio Figueroa has proposed.

Community should be a safe space for abuse victims

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“The first response of the community needs to be to listen to and believe the victim,” Dr Figueroa told NZ Catholic. “The community must become part of the solution of the crisis of sexual abuse and not part of the problem.”

Concepción Cabrera de Armida, una estrella de alegría

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Javier Sicilia, Rocío Figueroa y el padre Raygoza hablaron sobre la brillante vida de Conchita Armida.

Rocío Figueroa, exmonja y víctima de abusos sexuales

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La teóloga sufrió, con 15 años, los abusos del vicario general del Sodalicio y con el tiempo descubrió y denunció una trama de violaciones en la cúpula de este movimiento ultraconservador.

Ni Roma ni el Arzobispado de Lima la hicieron caso: “Las religiosas siguen siendo consideradas por el clero como ciudadanas de segunda clase”, dice Figueroa

Figueroa and Tombs 2019 - Recognising Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse

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This report identifies a number of publications – Tombs (1999), Heath (2011), Gafney (2013), Trainor (2014) – which have independently and explicitly identified Jesus as a victim of sexual abuse in published work. It also identifies other research which has indirectly connected the cross to sexual abuse, but not explicitly named Jesus as a victim. It then presents the initial...