Comprehending and Rehabilitating Roman Catholic Clergy Offenders of Child Sexual Abuse

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© 2015 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Many have studied Roman Catholic clergy who have sexually abused children, but the range of investigations remains disconnected. This article brings together various disciplinary perspectives to form a comprehensive view. A review of the literature is first undertaken to comprehend how clergy offenders have been conceptualized in psychosocial, sociocultural, and moral-religious studies. These perspectives are then used as a foundation for examining how these clergy can be rehabilitated. Three rehabilitative modalities-psychological treatment, rehabilitation through restorative justice, and ritual healing-are explored. The article concludes with a discussion of the insights gained from the literature review and how the modalities can be advanced in an interdependent and considered approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-795
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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