Our March 20, 2021 Episode
Here is our last step reviewing a global context for the phenomenon of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the U.S. Catholic Church.
A Global Reality
So far, we've seen a contemporary world in which the battle to advance human rights is still very much underway, following the (relatively recent, but) historic UN 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, more recently, the arrival of technology that is not thwarted by geographical or political boundary lines that often isolate the victims of human-rights violations. (Although correlation is not causality, this fact adds context: it was only in the 1950s when sexual abuse began the crescendo documented in U.S. Church files.)
Episode 1: Across the Globe
The Contemporary Church Universal
We've also seen how the Catholic Church much operate in that global context of uneven human-rights protections, in regions of war, disaster, oppression, and political or social tumult. Even where cultures argue that the definition of human rights and child protections are regionally defined, the Church is engaging every culture and region on the planet to promote child safety and to advance pastoral care to those abused.
Now, we will add the dimension of time to the greater context of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
The Historical World Church
A Brief History of Sexual Abuse in the Church draws on all documents of the Church in which reference is made to abuse, from early centuries through the turn of this 21st century. We see a recurring problem, acknowledged in conflict and in reforms that were often regional and eventually abandoned, in a Church that managed to forget. Msgr. Steve Rossetti is a bestselling author and speaker, and a professor at the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America.
The Spirit Fire Global Broadcast Series on Abuse and Faith started as a three-day conference, which was cancelled when the first wave of pandemic arrived on the East Coast of the United States.
Envisioned and organized by Spirit Fire, the conference adapted to deliver a message of healing and hope in the midst of difficult and dark times around the globe, re-launching in February 2021 with an extended schedule of experts and interviews that reflected the generous welcome and many collaborations that arose during the pandemic period.
We hope you will find that, by following along in the series (and pulling on particular modules for individual and group reflection), you will be able to integrate a trauma-informed faith to enrich your Christian life and your ministry so that all who seek to find healing from abuse or trauma in a relationship to Christ may find, in you, an able spiritual companion and knowledgeable friend.
Starting February 14, 2021
Ending April 2022
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