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Seeking Wholeness: Women Dealing With Abuse of Power in the Catholic Church [Paperback]

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Pages   130
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 8, 2006
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814622402  
EAN  9780814622407  


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While sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Catholic Church has received extensive news coverage, less attention has focused on adult women betrayed and sexually abused by priests. Seeking Wholeness shares the stories of women who have been abused and how the abuse has affected their lives. Marie Bouclin not only records their accounts, but provides a model of spirituality and social support aimed at promoting their physical and emotional healing. As Bouclin recounts, even women therapists, spiritual counselors, and pastoral personnel working within the Catholic Church find themselves targets of clergy sexual abuse. Bouclin describes some of the conflicted psychological dynamics these women experience. Critical of the current, hierarchical model of Catholic priesthood, Bouclin offers an alternative approach based on the person and mission of Jesus. She explores the power of reading Scripture and sharing personal prayer in small-group faith communities. By doing so, she shows the paths women who have been sexually abused by priests can take to healing and wholeness.

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While sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Catholic Church has received extensive news coverage, less attention has focused on adult women betrayed and sexually abused by priests. Seeking Wholeness shares the stories of women who have been abused and how the abuse has affected their lives. Marie Bouclin not only records their accounts, but provides a model of spirituality and social support aimed at promoting their physical and emotional healing. As Bouclin recounts, even women therapists, spiritual counselors, and pastoral personnel working within the Catholic Church find themselves targets of clergy sexual abuse. Bouclin describes some of the conflicted psychological dynamics these women experience. Critical of the current, hierarchical model of Catholic priesthood, Bouclin offers an alternative approach based on the person and mission of Jesus. She explores the power of reading Scripture and sharing personal prayer in small-group faith communities. By doing so, she shows the paths women who have been sexually abused by priests can take to healing and wholeness.

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Striving to redress the physical and spiritual needs of women who have suffered betrayal and sexual abuse by priests   Sep 3, 2006
Seeking Wholeness: Women Dealing With Abuse Of Power In The Catholic Church, written by professional theology and ethics translator Marie Evans Bouclin, gathers the expertise and testimony of the authors' experience striving to redress the physical and spiritual needs of women who have suffered betrayal and sexual abuse (ranging from being persuaded through an abuse of power and influence to have a sexual relationship with a priest to rape) by priests, particularly Catholic priests. Seeking Wholeness also addresses the betrayal of women who are not necessarily sexually exploited, but who are sexually discriminated against in that they are summarily dismissed from a parish or church-related job without reason or recourse. Seeking Wholeness addresses the male-centered power dynamic of the Catholic Church that utterly excludes lay people and therefore offers fewer checks and balances against corruption within, as well as stripping Catholics of responsibility for their own spirituality. Above all, Seeking Wholeness emphasizes the critical importance of recognizing the problem, of allowing and encouraging women's stories to be told. Much has been written concerning priest sexual abuse of children; less has been spoken of sexual abuse of women, and Seeking Wholeness strives to rectify the gap as well as offer steps toward healing and exposure of innate flaws in the Catholic power system and patriarchal faith doctrine that will continue to cultivate abusers until rectified.
 
Catholic Hierarchical System and Abuse of Women  Jun 6, 2006
Marie Evans Bouclin, a Canadian, currently works as a translator of theology and ethics and coordinates Women's Ordination Worldwide. She was relieved of her duties as personal assistant to the bishop of her diocese following newspaper reports of her participation in a workshop for churchwomen. Her demotion to back-room file clerk proved so stressful that Bouclin suffered from burnout and various other health problems, leading to her resignation. At the same time, she was receiving messages of gratitude for speaking out against oppression of women in the Catholic Church.

Over the following months, she heard from a number of women with their own stories of abuses of power suffered at the hands of Catholic priests and bishops. In some instances, the abuse was sexual; in others, it was related to unfair dismissal from church work. For this book, Bouclin developed composite stories representing experiences she's heard privately or in workshops.

Her earliest experiences found women who were reluctant or unwilling to speak out about their situations. As a result of that observation, and from reading and working with counselors and others experienced in helping abused women, Bouclin developed the theories she presents here, among them: the existence of a co-dependent relationship between many of the abused and their abusers and the innate power of the priesthood over the laity, and women in particular, who are helpless so long as they have no decision-making role in the Church.

In the second half of the book, Bouclin offers suggestions for setting up support groups, confronting spiritual abuse, and embracing spiritual avenues to recovery. Appendixes to help readers identify symptoms of abusive relationships with priests and exploitation by the Church are included, as are a comprehensive bibliography and detailed index.
 

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