Journal Title

Black Catholic Theological Symposium

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Reading the signs of the times today cannot be done legitimately without a critical look at the current sex abuse crisis perpetuated by the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church. To deny the fact that the Church has a crisis on its hands is to trivialize the pain and sorrow experienced by all in the Church, and most especially by the victims of the crisis. This work provides an x-ray vision of some of the factors shaping this crisis and boldly offers some interventions that can help the Church to navigate its way out of the crisis. There is an intentional focus on a critique of the Church’s theological anthropology with the intent to explore more inclusive visions of the human person that explore human sexuality as a gift. Finally, this work enters into dialogue with the Nigerian Church by seeking ways to enrich the current seminary formation program operative in that national church.

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Anthropology, Clergy, Church, Ethics, Formation, Homosexuality, Laity, Nigeria, Seminary, Sexuality theology, Anthropology


Child sexual abuse by clergy; Church--Social aspects; Catholic Church

Publication Information

Archived version is the accepted manuscript.

Document Type

Journal Article