Thursday, August 07, 2008


Calling for conversation, not confrontation, over the issue of clergy sexual abuse in the church, retired Auxiliary Bishop Geoffrey Robinson of Sydney, has recently completed a 15-city U.S. speaking tour The bishop’s visit coincided with the U.S. release of his controversial book Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus.

Meeting and speaking with abuse survivors and their families convinced him that the roots of clergy abuse lay in fundamental church attitudes toward power and sex, and that the only solution was first to examine and then to change those attitudes.

“Sexual abuse is all about power and sex, so to counter abuse, we must be free to ask serious questions about power and sex in the institution of the church,” he said. “Without this freedom, we would be attempting to respond to abuse while handcuffed and blindfolded.”