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APSAC’s 13 th National Colloquium New Orleans, Louisiana June 2005. Professionally Assisting in a “Pastoral Response” to the Issue of Sexual Abuse in the Church. Thomas F.Carr, M.A.,LMFT, LMHC, LCSW Pastoral Response Assistance Team Inc. Natick, Massachusetts U.S.A.

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professionally assisting in a pastoral response to the issue of sexual abuse in the church

APSAC’s 13th National Colloquium

New Orleans, Louisiana

June 2005

Professionally Assisting in a “Pastoral Response” to the Issue of Sexual Abuse in the Church

Thomas F.Carr, M.A.,LMFT, LMHC, LCSW

Pastoral Response Assistance Team Inc.

Natick, Massachusetts U.S.A.

www.pastoralresponse.org

clergy sexual abuse
Clergy Sexual Abuse

The American Problem

Poland,

Argentina,

Germany

2002

Scotland

1996

A WORLD PROBLEM

Ireland

1992

Canada

1991

France

Switzerland

U.K.

Austria

1995

timeline catholic church and sex abuse cases
Timeline: Catholic Church and Sex Abuse Cases
  • 1984- Gilbert Gauthe ,Lafayette ,Louisiana
    • Cardinal Bernard Law made Archbishop of Boston, visits St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland
  • 1985-Rev. Peterson & Rev. Doyle The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Comprehensive and Responsible Manner
timeline catholic church and sex abuse cases1
Timeline: Catholic Church and Sex Abuse Cases
  • 1986- Jason Berry writes articles
  • 1989- SNAP founded by Barbara Blaine

Survivors Network

for those Abused by Priests

timeline catholic church and sex abuse cases2
Timeline: Catholic Church and Sex Abuse Cases
  • 1992 - U.S.Bishops agree to establish national Policy to deal with the crisis
    • Father James Porter case,
    • Fall River, Massachusetts
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“To heal wounds, to reunite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way”

St. Francis of Assisi

Family

archdiocese of boston
Archdiocese of Boston

Founded in 1808

became Archdiocese in 1875

357 Parishes

131 Schools

Bernard Cardinal Law

Archbishop of Boston

1984-2002

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Archdiocese of Boston

1993-1994

Pastoral Response Assistance Team

timeline catholic church and sex abuse cases3
Timeline: Catholic Church and Sex Abuse Cases
  • 1992 Father John Hanlon,
  • Hingham, Massachusetts Archdiocese of Boston
  • 1993- Restoring Trust: A Pastoral Response to Sexual Abuse
  • 1997 Diocese of Dallas Texas found negligent and ordered to pay 119.6 million (later reduced to 31 million)
slide11

Joseph Bernardin

1928-1996

1993 accused of sexual abuse

slide13

John Geoghan

  • Most Reverend John M. D’Arcy
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
  • Office of the Regional Bishop
  • December 7, 1984
  • Dear Archbishop Law:
  • “Fr. Geoghan has a history of homosexual involvement with young boys”
we must understand sexual abuse in the context of time
We must understand sexual abuse in the context of time .
  • When did the abuse occur ?
    • In the 50’s,60’s, 70’s, 80’s , 90’s
  • What did we (professionals and non professionals) know about sexual abuse… at that time?
  • What was the age of the victim and how will they recall (process) what happened ?
slide16

Washington Post

  • Around 1957, Reverend Gerald Fitzgerald the founder of Via Coeli, in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, wrote to a New Hampshire Bishop, “from our long experience with characters of this type …their repentance and amendment to treatment is superficial…a new diocese means only green pastures”.

April 22, 2003One Diocese’s Early Warning on Sexual Abuse ’50s Records Reflect Bishops Taking Risksby Alan Cooperman

basic child development
Basic Child Development
  • Children remember things based on their age and development.
    • Recall a smell more than a specific event.
    • Believe the event took longer or person involved was larger.
  • As people get older the event may only get more distorted.
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Responsibility

Cause and effect

Coping

Integration of event into self

Forgiveness

Sin

Responsibility

Higher Power

We must learn to engage and collaborate with the faith community to work with individuals and families addressing a multitude of issues including:

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Faith communities may not accept or adopt tenets of accepted practice of the protective service or mental health communities

Sexual Orientation

masturbation

Cohabitation

parent-church authority

corporal punsihment

(spanking/hitting/use of implement -belt)

slide20

Give

Us

[Your]

Tools

To Work

With the

Problem

slide22

Protective workers and mental health communities need to treat faith communities much the same way they treat families… While upholding societal imperatives for the protection of children they must acknowledge and respect the individual beliefs.

slide23

Archdiocese

of

Boston

slide25

The number of sexual abuse cases substantiated by child

protective services [CPS] agencies in the United States

dropped a remarkable 40% between 1992 and 2000

Explanations for the Decline in Child Sexual Abuse Cases , David Finkelhor

& Lisa Jones, OJJDP Bulletin, January 2004

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Office of the Attorney General Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

A Report by the Attorney General: July 23, 2003

http://www.ago.state.ma.us/archdiocese.pdf 

237 Priests since 1940

(102 in Archdiocese files)

789 (total)Victims

slide32

Percentage of 10,667 allegations filed in the United States by Year

> 13% of reports were made in the Year in which the abuse occurred

< 25% of reports were made more than 30 years after the alleged abuse

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Public Evaluation of Media Coverage of Child Sexual Abuse in

General and Child Sexual Abuse by Clergy in Ireland

Time to Listen:Confronting Child Sexual

Abuse by Catholic Clergy in Ireland (2003)

Goode,Helen, McGee, Hannah, & O’Boyle

Ciaran, Dublin, Ireland, Liffey Press

slide34

Sources of Knowledge of Child Sexual Abuse in Ireland

Time to Listen:Confronting Child Sexual

Abuse by Catholic Clergy in Ireland (2003)

Goode,Helen, McGee, Hannah, & O’Boyle

Ciaran, Dublin, Ireland, Liffey Press

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From 1950-2003 a total of 2324 diocesan priests were working

in Boston. During that same time 164 of these men were alleged

to have sexually abused a minor. There were 54 other priests, who

were not technically diocesan priests, who were also accused.

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A Report on the Crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The National Review Board for the Protection of

Children and Young People

3211 Forth Street NE

Washington, D.C. 20017-1194

U.S.A.

February 27, 2004

web sites
Web sites
  • PastoralResponse.org
  • BishopAccountability.org
  • SurvivorsFirst.org
  • Archdiocese of Bostonhttp://www.rcab.org/
  • Boston Globehttp://www.boston.com/globe/
  • Survivors Network of those Abused by Priestshttp://www.survivorsnetwork.org/Voice of the Faithfulhttp://www.votf.org/index.html
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Let us endeavor to begin, knowing full well that

the future begins not with the dawn of tomorrow…

Nay…It begins today…It comes not with time,

but with action….And so lets us take that action…

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CHICAGO, March 9 — A searing new play

that opened here last week offers a vivid

look at how Cardinal Bernard Law of

Boston reacted to the sex abuse scandal in

his archdiocese.

Most of the dialogue in this play,

"Sin: A Cardinal Deposed," is taken from

testimony that Cardinal Law gave in pretrial

depositions in 2002 and 2003.

The rest is from letters and public

statements by Roman Catholic priests,

doctors, victims of abuse and their parents.

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