Lead us not into temptation: Catholic priests and the sexual by Jason Berry PDF

By Jason Berry

Jason Berry's Lead Us no longer into Temptation" positioned a countrywide highlight at the factor of clergy intercourse abuse of kids and has been utilized in newsrooms around the kingdom. Berry takes us during the lives of traumatized sufferers and their mom and dad, torn via loyalty to the church, into the machinations of bishops and church legal professionals. At root, this can be a tale approximately politics, how sexual conflicts inside clerical tradition have compromised the ability constitution of the church. This new paperback version of Berry's research comprises an up-to-date creation that takes the scandal into the Vatican."

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C on cl us io n: pr ef er en ti al op ti on fo r t he po or as ax is of ch ri st ia n l if e I would like to finish by returning to the title of this lecture. I have three final statements. First, the preferential option for the poor is a perspective rooted in the Bible. Karl Barth, a great theologian of this century, said the God of the Bible always takes sides with the lowly, the outcast, the poor. He said this not because he was reading a liberation theologian, but because he was reading the Bible and that was enough for him.

The option is for the truly poor. Therefore, we are not speaking about an option for the spiritually poor (the spiritually poor are few; it is easy to develop an option for them . ). And what does it mean to be poor, to live in poverty? The word poverty connotes easily and rightly an economic condition of deprivation. But in any ultimate analysis, poverty means an unjust and early death. Let us make the point precisely. ’’ Unfortunately, it is still true in poor countries, like the Latin American ones, where the poor are dying before their time.

We are far in fact from the universality and unconditionality which our moral outlook prescribes. We might envisage getting beyond this by a more exigent sense of our own moral worth; one that would require more consistency, a certain independence from fashion, careful, informed attention to the real needs. This is part of what people working in NGOs in the field must feel, who correspondingly look down on us TV-image-driven givers, as we do on the lesser breeds who don’t respond to this type of campaign at all.

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