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Broken Faith

Why Hope Matters

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Edited By Patrick Claffey, Joe Egan and Marie Keenan

This book is a theological reflection on the broken state of faith within the Catholic Church in Ireland following more than two decades of revelations about institutional and child sexual abuse and the Church’s now acknowledged failure to respond to the abuse in an appropriate way. The result has been broken lives, broken faith and a broken church.
While the book has a theological purpose, it employs a see–judge–act methodology in attempting to come to terms with a very complex problem. Following a broad introduction, the first section sets out to listen to the voices of the victims. The second section consists of an interdisciplinary academic analysis, with significant input from psychology and also from history and social studies. The final section of the book engages in theology, seeking to place us in a Kairos moment that might allow us to look beyond our broken faith. This, however, requires an analysis of the theological misunderstandings that led to the aberration of clericalism, the resulting abuse of power and the wider malaise within the Church. St Paul is suggested as a «mentor», as we seek to restore trust and rebuild the Church in a radically new way. The book ultimately seeks a renewal of our broken faith, searching for trajectories towards healing and wholeness, truth and reconciliation.

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abortion 78, 124 Aquinas, St Thomas 149, 150, 252 Arendt, Hannah 110, 155, 170 Artane 9, 46, 47, 50, 51, 55, 58–60 see also industrial schools Benedict XVI, Pope 5, 29, 65, 73, 75, 78, 79, 90, 92, 123, 214, 234, 242, 253, 266, 291, 294, 295, 297, 301 Brady, Cardinal Seán 292 Carriglea 60 see also industrial schools Catholic Social Teaching 251 celibacy 74, 80, 88, 90, 91, 95, 187, 217, 222, 283 clericalism 18, 22, 23, 62, 152, 170, 175–212 passim, 260, 270, 294 Cloyne 7, 13, 45, 161, 245, 287, 290, 291 Cloyne, diocese of 2, 13, 15, 16, 246 Cloyne Report 2, 6, 7, 11, 13, 26, 32, 45, 98, 161, 245, 289, 290, 291 Columbanus 253–256 Congar, Yves 232, 237 conscience 74, 134, 140, 142, 163, 217 Constantine 188, 190 consumerism 133 control 7, 19, 28, 32, 34, 69, 90, 91, 109, 115, 126, 128, 160, 165, 211, 214, 219, 223, 254, 264, 280, 305, 306 Crucifixion 120 Cullen, Cardinal Paul 43, 62, 63 culture of fear 110, 114, 115 Curran, Charles E. 235, 248–252, 255 Dáil Eireann 16, 44, 290, 291 Department of Education 51, 52, 59 dissent 14, 19, 21, 80, 114, 161, 247, 251, 260, 289, 304 diversity 79, 118, 119, 124, 202, 210, 262, 275 domestic violence 152, 154 Eucharist 28, 37, 45, 184, 192, 193, 194, 196, 207, 213, 243, 277 evil 10, 83, 151, 152, 164, 180 fear 17, 23, 28, 45, 53,...

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