I have discussed elsewhere the Scriptures clergy mistakenly use against victims of domestic violence. This post by Stephanie Jafta addresses the responsibility of the church toward such victims.
“The words ‘domestic violence’ and ‘church’ do not belong together and do not exist in the same context. To deny this would seem traitorous and unfaithful, and yet, to ignore it would bring into question our faith, values, and beliefs as Christians. Domestic violence is alive and kicking in the church, and turning a blind eye to the plight of women, children, and men will only strengthen the excuses made for the abuse…[Continued at https://godinterest.com/2018/08/08/domestic-violence-in-the-church/ ].”
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3 responses to ““Domestic Violence in the Church” by Stephanie Jafta”
Welcome, Anna. ❤💖
In recent Catholic church news, besides abuse of children, was the rape and sexual assault of nuns, who came out because of the #MeToo movement. Such a tragedy to read about how assaults were happening even on the mission fields. Sad, sad…
Sadly, this is not news. There have been reports of nuns raped by priests for decades. However, the Vatican has taken little or no action. See, https://www.npr.org/2019/03/18/703067602/after-years-of-abuse-by-priests-nunstoo-are-speaking-out.
Nuns, I think, are greatly underappreciated. They live by a vow of poverty even into old age. They educate children, feed the poor, care for the sick and disabled. Yet, they have never had much “status” in the hierarchy of the church. That they should be victimized, as well, is tragic.
Of course, in the world to come, God promises the first will be last, and the last first (Matt. 20: 16).