Responding to sexual abuse

The recent revelations of sexual abuse horrify us, particularly when the victims were children.

It is one thing to feel horrified, another to respond in a constructive way. Much of the public response has sounded to me like Guardian readers making Daily Mail responses, which they would not have made if the crime in question was, for example, addiction to illegal drugs.

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Judas - betrayal, truth and love

Betrayal is anachronistic. It is all about lies, and yet at the heart of the moment lies a kind of truth.

Whatever form betrayal takes, the person betrayed experiences something like shame - naked exposure, perhaps.

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Sex abuse and godly power

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) is currently investigating the Diocese of Chichester as part of its study of whether Church of England leaders have failed to protect children against sexual abuse.

Abuse survivors sometimes say that in their experience the motivation was power rather than sex. This post reflects on power relations within religious communities. Of course other factors are involved as well, but here I focus on power.

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The Emperor has no clothes

The ‘nones’ (those who, when responding to surveys, tick ‘none’ in the ‘religion’ box, but might possibly tick C of E if pressed) need look no further for a home.

Bishop David Jenkins, that prophet of our time, once was heard to declare that God is not interested in the Church. God is all about the Kingdom.

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Keeping busy

'Keeping busy?' is the question that retired people get asked.

Perhaps the person asking the question reckons that a retired person has nothing left to live for, apart from filling the void left by the ‘busyness’ which has been taken from them through retirement.

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