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Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems : Scapegoating, Family Secrets, and the Abuse of Power - Candace R. Benyei

Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems

Scapegoating, Family Secrets, and the Abuse of Power

Paperback Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780789004529
Number Of Pages: 222

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In Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems, you'll take an incisive look at why sexual misconduct occurs in religious systems and how to implement proactive strategies for holistic change. Applicable to both Jewish and Christian communities, this illuminating exploration takes a look at the psychology behind scapegoating, why it is perpetuated, and how you can quell the damaging tradition of silence.Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems helps you see leaders of religious institutions in a way that the world has been afraid to see them--in a glass clearly. Enriched with metaphoric myths and fairy tales instead of technical jargon, its unique systemic perspective reveals the psychodynamics behind the obsession with family secrets and lets you understand this dysfunction from the perspectives of victim, abuser, and counselor. These specific areas will both inform and aid you in dealing with this difficult subject:
the religious institution as a family system
the religious system as an illusion of the perfect family
the concept of God-transference and the overidealization of clergy
clergy personal relationships and clergy congregational relationships
vulnerability and the psychology of the victim
strategies for healing dysfunctional religious systems Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems comes at just the right time--in an era when little has been written on the subject, especially from a systemic perspective, this work comes at a time when the phenomena of clergy sexual misconduct has rocked the very foundation of religious systems worldwide. Whether you're a lay congregational leader, judicatory administrator, pastoral counselor, psychologist, or seminarian, you'll find that the coping strategies and intervention techniques it outlines will guide you in pinpointing the sickness at its source and restoring felicity and order to your religious leaders and their communities.

The Congregation As a Family Systemp. 1
The Illusion of Eden and the Fortified Cityp. 21
God Transference, the Good Object, and the Makeup of Ministersp. 33
Mirroring God: Clergy in Relationshipp. 47
The Issue of Clergy Sexual Misconductp. 59
Vulnerability and the Psychology of the Victimp. 73
The Scapegoat As the Bearer of Evilp. 85
Untold Tales and Skeletons in the Closetp. 101
The Case of Hope Churchp. 121
Reowning Responsibilityp. 145
Postscript: Becoming a Functional Spiritual Familyp. 167
Clinical Presentation of Survivors of Sexual Abusep. 173
Notesp. 175
Glossaryp. 183
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780789004529
ISBN-10: 0789004526
Series: Doubleday Religion Book Club Selection! Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 1st March 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1