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What About the Good Samaritan? Part 2
Four teenage girls were molested by their youth pastor. When one teen finally disclosed, the senior pastor fired the youth pastor and reported him to the ...
"What About Torture?"
“Punching, flogging, assault and bodily attacks, hitting with the hand, kicking, ear pulling, hair pulling, head shaving, beating on the soles of the feet, ...
“I Have Such Doubts!”
The movie “Doubt” depicts the enormous complexity of the possibility of sexual abuse of a child by a Catholic priest. Fr. Flynn is portrayed by Phillip Seymour ...
“. . . Better That a Millstone . . .”
There are times when the contradictions of life overtake me. I was flying home from the east coast last week and one of those times intruded. On the plane, I ...
Faith Community Considerations: Social Networking
by M.L. Daniel and Marie M. Fortune
Dear Pope: A “Mystery”?
I’m puzzled. In a recent talk in Ireland about the sexual abuse of children by priests, you described the situation as a “mystery” when you addressed the ...
Responding to Clergy Abuse of Children: Not Rocket Science, Part 2
Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has been convicted of failure to report suspected child abuse; he is the first Bishop to be held accountable for shielding a ...
Good News!
The Mennonite Quarterly Review will devote its January 2015 issue to the topic of sexual abuse within the Mennonite Church, with a focus on the events ...
Who Needs to Confess? And What?
Actress Ashley Judd recently disclosed that she was sexually abused as a child; American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi recently disclosed that she was sexually ...
Spotlight: A Movie Worth Discussing
FaithTrust Institute Offers a Multi-Faith Discussion Guide for SPOTLIGHT: The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the ...
"Same Old, Same Old. . ."
We have become almost numb to the steady stream of disclosures of child sexual abuse: the Roman Catholic experiences continue even with serious efforts to ...
Dear Pope: Call Me
As the crisis erupts again in Europe and the U.S. with serious questions being raised about the Pope himself, one has to wonder if the men in charge have ...
Hiding in Plain Sight . . . With Help
The Penn State report and the conviction of Jerry Sandusky provide the irrefutable evidence that he was a sexual predator on the loose for over twenty years ...
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
In baseball, there is an old saying about the game: "It ain't over 'til it's over." It's the reminder that you can't leave after the seventh inning and assume ...
JUST RELEASED: 26th Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities
This epic undertaking by James Evinger is an encompassing resource that includes non-fiction books, academic journals, law reviews, newspapers, websites, ...
New Book: "Religion and Men's Violence Against Women"
"Religion and Men's Violence Against Women," edited by Andy J. Johnson of Bethel University, addresses domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking ...
History of the Icelandic church unfortunately not unique
Icelandic Newspaper, Visir, covers Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune visit to Reykjavik to hold workshops and seminars on Sex Abuse at their National Church.
Dear Pope: I Was Worried
While I was on vacation, the Vatican came out with a significant doctrinal statement condemning the sexual abuse of children and the ordination of women. One ...
Structures of Forgiveness in the New Testament
by Frederick W. Keene
Spotlight: Diving Deep & Surfacing
Spotlight is the name of the team of Boston Globe reporters who investigated the Archdiocese of Boston in 2001 when the puzzle pieces began to fall into place ...
What Would Jeremiah Say?
The recent film Spotlight highlights the investigation by The Boston Globe into the coverup of child sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese. Using ...
Social Networking and Healthy Boundaries in Ministry: Asking Critical Questions
by M.L. Daniel and Marie M. Fortune
Hello Pope Francis
Dear New Pope: I thought I would give you a few months to settle in before I wrote to you. I have carried on a (one way) correspondence with your ...
Dear Pope: Are We Talking?
I’m so glad you seem to be finding my advice helpful as you move to respond to the growing crisis over sexual abuse in the church. Your comments this week ...
The Message or the Messenger: A Question of Legacy
The recent death of Joshu Sasaki Roshi and the publication of an extensive article on John Howard Yoder raise once again the contradiction of beneficial ...
The Work Is Global
I don’t know how to work on anything but violence against women and children. I have no other skills. So it’s a good thing that I have a job where I get paid ...
A Trip Downunder
You may have noticed that the Blog has been quiet for the past few weeks. That is because I just returned from a trip to Australia where I was the guest of ...
Premature Forgiveness
Dear Pope Francis: I want to commend you for owning the painful fact of sexual abuse of children by priests as part of your Good Friday comments. Lent is ...
Black Press USA Speaks with Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis on Rape in the Black Community
Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis spoke with Black Press USA about sexual assault, the Black community and the role of the church. Rev. Davis Ellis will present a ...
How Many? How Long?
This might sound like the start of a bad joke: What do a theologian (John Howard Yoder) and a comedian (Bill Cosby) have in common? More than you might ...