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  1. Viviana Lambarri
    19 January 2020 @ 00:12

    Excelente entrevista a una mujer que fue una heroína en el Peru tras denunciar abiertamente a los líderes del Sodalituim
    Aunque todavía hoy no se ha hecho justicia con las víctimas es un gran paso el
    poder hablar y denunciar este tema a nivel mundial


    • Ornella
      23 January 2020 @ 09:36

      Please remember in your upcoming laboratory discussions that clerical sexual abuse ‘creates a problem of faith and a spiritual crisis’ not only for child victims but equally so for adult victims. The Catholic Church needs to begin listening to, addressing and respecting the equal rights, pain and trauma of adult clerical sexual abuse victims, thus of all clerical sexual abuse victims, those it happened to as children and as adolescents and those it happened to as adults – all life is equally precious and equally worthy of rights, justice and protection; minors and adults equally, the Suffering Crucified Christ lives in all victims, no matter their ‘age’, equally.


      • Andrew kato
        27 January 2020 @ 16:52

        Dear Ornella.
        I have followed the question of child abuse and it is so sad but why do many commentators of the subject refer to clerical sexual abuse only? does it mean that it only the clergy who abuse children? but we have wide data of non clerics who abuse and have abused children extensively eg. parents, relatives infact I have data for this. could we try to be just while talking of this problem let us not hide in the sand the proplem if very wide not only to the clergy. this is painfully unjust to them, morever they are thousands who dont abuse children .let us face this problem realistically and justly otherwise we sound anti clericalists


        • Michael Elphick
          31 December 2020 @ 07:49

          I have a similar question in that while I do not doubt that clerical-ISM is one of the causes of both abuse and the inclination towards cover up, I wonder how strong a factor it is when the three most prominent and abusive religious orders in the Australian context were non-clerical.

          The Marist, Christian and St John of God Brothers in Australia accounted for the bulk of offenders. So this is an open question for me, one I guess best explained by the culture of the individual congregation, did it contain the institutional features one would normally associate with clericalism?

          I also agree with your final point… its a fine line we walk when we identify clerical culture as the cause of abuse. We can’t emerge on the other side of the crisis with a church that is ‘anti-clerical’. Redeeming the priesthood from anti-clericalism is not per se anti-clerical. In fact the clergy and their relationship with the faithful must be a clear beneficiary of our ‘anti-clericalism’.


  2. Mark Hangartner
    19 January 2020 @ 01:46

    A fantastic interview. Dr Figueroa is greatly valued in the Catholic Theological College where she teaches.


  3. Dr Adam DeVille
    21 January 2020 @ 11:21

    How were people invited to this conference? I’ve been writing about the sex abuse crisis and the Catholic Church since 1992. My new book addresses it in ways nobody else has hitherto done so:

    My clinical background also informs current and ongoing work in trauma psychology, sex abuse, and the Catholic Church, as seen, e.g., here:

    or here:

    Additional concrete proposals here:

    and here:

    I also have, by special invitation, an article written to the US Bishops being published in the academic journal Josephinum Journal of Theology on the abuse crisis and ecclesial structures.


    • Rebecca Pawloski
      24 January 2020 @ 14:16

      Dear Dr Adam DeVille, Thank you for reaching out to inform us of the work you are doing in this area, including links to your papers. The invites to the event have come through recommendations given by those in the CCP and CTEWC milieu. The invitation phase for “Doing Theology in the Face of Abuse” is now closed, but thanks for your initiative to create a relationship with us by which we are growing the network of those with a theological interest in this area.


    • Michael Elphick
      31 December 2020 @ 08:24

      Greetings Adam from Sydney,

      Thanks for posting up you comment. I’m beginning some post grad study in 2021 on safeguarding at our local Catholic Uni and looking around for some resources to read over our southern summer before classes begin. Just followed up your articles online and ordered your text on Amazon.. Cheers!


  4. Virginia
    11 May 2020 @ 12:39

    Soy Virginia Calderón. He entrado hace poco a vuestra página y al leer este artículo mi corazón se ha llenado de alegría. Es verdad que lo que comenta es muy duro pero me siento muy identificada con la Dra. Rocío. Yo también crecí en un ambiente muy rígido de la iglesia y sufrí abusos por un consagrado. Fue desde los 9 años hasta los 12.
    Fui consagrada de esa comunidad y después de 24 años salí. Soy teóloga. La fe en Cristo crucificado y resucitado me ha reconstruido. Y tuve esa intuición ante la meditación de Cristo despojado de sus vestiduras. Siempre que lo contemplo creo que aquellos que hemos sido abusados, despojados de nuestra ropa, de nuestra dignidad, nos podemos sentir identificados.

    El abuso sexual creo que no es sólo una cuestión sexual, aunque por supuesto esto es muy importante y sagrado. La cuestión que hay en lo profundo es el PODER que el abusador ejerce sobre otra persona que en ese momento está vulnerable o sin capacidad de defenderse. Por eso entiendo que la mentalidad del clericalismo, en el que el sacerdote o consagrado tiene mucho poder sobre las personas.

    Y ahí creo que la situación de Cristo camino a la cruz es una situación de abuso total en el que realmente la posibilidad de la que nos habla Dra. Rocío, está totalmente dentro.

    Como víctima, a mi me ayuda muchísimo descubrir a Jesús conocedor del sufrimiento por el cual yo he pasado. Verle a Él como víctima de abuso sexual es para conmovedor.
    A lo largo de mi vida mirar a un Cristo crucificado ha sido como ver en un espejo reflejo mi dolor. Y esto me ha hecho sentir una unión y un amor que no podré olvidar jamás. Y este amor de Cristo es el que hace participar de su resurrección, me hace nacer de nuevo. Mis heridas también encuentro que se curan y son manantial de vida para muchos.

    Doy muchísimas gracias por esta investigación y por el testimonio de la Dra. Rocío. Me ha impactado muchísimo!! Me anima y confirma. Yo también he sentido la llamada a ayudar a otros desde mi experiencia y por su vida me impresiona y alienta. Gracias!!!!


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