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A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church

A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church

ABUSE IN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST! IN MANY CHRISTIAN CIRCLES THIS MAY BE A TABOO SUBJECT spoken of in hushed tones or behind closed doors. But it is a very real problem that must be brought into the light of Scripture. Abuse in the church takes different forms, but it is alive and active even in nice families in our churches. Typically, the abuser is male, usually a husband and his character is that of a manipulating deceiver! Countless women and children even many faithful pastors have been abused by these deceivers. Have you, or someone you know, been a victim? Has an abuser: Threatened physical violence if he does not get his way? Intimidated you with abusive language? Denied affection? Denied you medical attention? Manipulated friends and acquaintances in order to gain allies? Pastor Jeff Crippen uses his over thirty years of pastoral experience to rip the lid off this most insidious behavior that is often hidden in plain sight. He not only maintains that Bible-believing churches have ignored or failed to face the problem, he insists that when they do counsel a victim of abuse, they get it all wrong! The result is that the victim gets pulled into deeper even life threatening danger! This book will come as a life saver in a raging sea for those under the thumb of an abusive spouse or friend ! The Lord Jesus Christ wants you to be free in Him: Spiritually, emotionally and, yes, physically (i.e., away from your oppressor)! Every pastor also needs to read this book, either because they too have been a victim, but, more importantly, so that they can properly counsel those caught in a cycle abuse. This may very well be the most important book addressed to the church on this issue.

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Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse

Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century. The Doyle-Sipe-Wall report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church’s history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 CE and concludes with the contemporary scandal. It reveals an institution that has tried to come to grips with this devastating internal problem from its earliest years. At times circumspect and at other times open and direct, Church leaders tried a variety of means to rein in the various violations of clerical celibacy. The sexual abuse crisis is not isolated from the questions of the celibate practice of all Catholic clergy and the moral questions that involve marriage and all human sexual behaviors. These are the main, yet unspoken, reasons why sexual abuse has been such an inflammatory and dangerous issue for the hierarchy. The Church abuse scandal of the contemporary era, rather than seen as a new challenge, is actually the catalyst for a complex process that is forcing the official Church to redefine its ideology of sexuality, its responsibility to its members and its role in society. The three distinguished authors have served as experts and consultants in over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and have collectively spent over 70 years of official service within the church.

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13th Floor “Sexual Abuse” Missterious Janette…ikz

When you enter the elevator of a high rise building you will seldom find the button for the 13th floor. It is because of fear, superstition, or ignorance, that we pretend it doesn’t exist. The “13th floor” issues of abortion, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and the sanctity of human life have become a widely unrecognized reality, accompanied by a basic fear of people, to honestly address these issues. At purepathonline.com we have developed creative resources along with sermon outlines to give tools to Pastor’s and church leader’s who are bold enough to address “13th Floor” issues. This video addresses the issue of “Sexual Abuse” performed by Missterious Janette…ikz. If you go to purepathonline.com you can freely download this video and the accompanying sermon outlines written by: Justin Holcomb (author of Rid of My Disgrace). For more resources like this, or if you have anymore questions, visit purepathonline.com.
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After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?

Question by Aniruddha K: After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agreed to pay an Independence man $ 225,000, its biggest settlement ever in a case of alleged priest sexual abuse.

The Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of San Bernardino, which broke off from its southern neighbor in 1978, agreed Sept. 7 to pay $ 198.1 million to settle lawsuits with 144 victims of sexual abuse by priests between 1938 and 1993.

In July 2007 Los Angeles archdiocese agrees to pay $ 660 million to 508 victims in what is by far the largest Catholic settlement of its kind

During the pope’s trip to Austria when it was still reeling from a sex abuse scandal that caused the resignations of Vienna’s archbishop in 1995 and the closure of a seminary near Vienna in 2004, after some 40,000 pornographic photographs were discovered on computers there.

Are these the values we aim to give our children and what sort of citizens can we expect them to be? Do we have to succumb to this organised ring of abuse?

Best answer:

Answer by FRAGINAL-NOYPI
The grant of compensation for sexual lawsuits against priests will open floodgates of many cases against priests even when not supported with evidence but only to harass the Church to pay to eliminate bad publicity.

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Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Healing Spiritual Abuse: How to Break Free from Bad Church Experience

Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.Are you a victim of Spiritual Abuse?

  • Are you discouraged from questioning the decisions or teachings church leaders make?
  • If you do little or no volunteer work for the church, do you feel like a second-class Christian?
  • Does your pastor insist on being addressed by a title such as “Dr.” or “Pastor”?
  • Do you hear many broad, vague appeals to “surrender fully,” “yield completely” or “lay it all on the altar”?
  • Are public reports about various ministry activities sometimes exaggerated?
  • Do church members feel safe talking only about past victories, not present struggles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a victim of spiritual abuse.

Many of us have gone through bad church experiences that have left us feeling like failures. Blaming ourselves, we asked for God’s forgiveness, but felt distant from the church and sometimes from God too.

Often, however, the fault is not ours but that of Christian leaders who abuse spiritually. How can we recognize the signs of spiritual abuse? What can we do to gain healing from the wounds we have experienced?

With clarity and refreshing honesty, Ken Blue answers these questions and offers hope and healing to the victims of spiritual abuse. In addition he shows Christian leaders how to avoid abusive patterns and instead offer Christ’s gospel of grace to every casualty of bad church experiences.

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why are other church abuse cases NOT reported with the same zeal as the Catholic scandals from YEARS ago?

Question by curious tom: why are other church abuse cases NOT reported with the same zeal as the Catholic scandals from YEARS ago?
FOX news claims to be fair and balanced, MSNBC claims they report the news, Yet it appears no major network is reporting and now the attacts on the Pope and the Catholics appears to be nothing more than Catholic bashing now. Sex, Physical, and Mental Abuse is never right and the Catholic Church had as much admitted that. But what about the other organizations, private and public, schools and detention facilities. etc.

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Answer by imacatholic2
In his column detailing the Media’s feeding frenzy on the Catholic Church, George Weigel states:

For the narrative that has been constructed is often less about the protection of the young (for whom the Catholic Church is, by empirical measure, the safest environment for young people in America today) than it is about taking the Church down—and, eventually, out, both financially and as a credible voice in the public debate over public policy. For if the Church is a global criminal conspiracy of sexual abusers and their protectors, then the Catholic Church has no claim to a place at the table of public moral argument.

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2010/03/scoundrel-times

Here is an “On Faith” column from the Washington Post entitled “Media decides, then reports”: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/04/media_decides_then_reports.html

Here is Father Thomas Brundage’s account (he was the judge) of the trial of Father Lawrence Murphy and the misreporting of the media: http://catholicanchor.org/wordpress/?p=601

See also:
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=5956
http://www.christianophobia.eu/

With love in Christ.

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Are you a victim of Church or spiritual abuse?

Question by Baba: Are you a victim of Church or spiritual abuse?
I need real examples of people who may have suffered abuse of any kind in the church, and how the Church dealt with it.

Best answer:

Answer by bongernet
Every member of every mind control cult is a victim of abuse.

These mind control cults are just like the cigarette companies. They know that if they can get you when you are young (vulnerable and impressionable) they will most likely have you for the rest of your life. On the other hand, if you can make it to adulthood without falling into one of their traps then you most likely never will.

These mind control cults are not the keepers of some great universal truth that only they can dispense. They seek only to control your mind, your body and most importantly (to the cult) your bank account. You are nothing more than a revenue stream to these mind control cults; a tool to be controlled and manipulated into a revenue stream to keep the cult’s coffers full of treasure so that the cult leaders may live in relative comfort without ever having to do an honest day’s work.

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Verbal, Emotional & Psychological Abuse in the Church

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Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality)

Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show us what fuels a most horrific violation of trust–sexual abuse by priests–and how the church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. This text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.Experts from a variety of fields join forces to show us what fuels a most horrific violation of trust–sexual abuse by priests–and how the church and church structure play a role in this abuse. This riveting work includes chapters by a former Director of the premiere U.S. facility treating clergy who are sexual offenders, by a Jesuit psychologist who authored the largest study of clergy sexual abusers ever completed, and from a Vatican correspondent explaining the issues as seen by the Vatican. This text also includes an opening chapter by Michael Rezendes, a Boston Globe investigative reporter and member of the Spotlight Team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story of sexual abuse by clergy. A statement by the Executive Director of SNAP, the national support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse, is also included.

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