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Peanut Butter & Grace : The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal: What Parents Can Do, and How to Talk with Kids
The latest flare-up of the clerical sex abuse scandal has left many Catholic parents wondering what they can do—and how to talk to kids. Here are some practical suggestions for taking action, and links to helpful resources.
The latest flare-up of the ongoing clerical sex abuse scandal has added a new item to parents’ safety checklists. Besides teaching kids to look both ways before crossing the street and what to do in a fire, today’s parents are wondering what they need to do to protect their kids from becoming the victim of sexual abuse.
And Catholic parents have an added challenge: What to tell kids about the clerical sex abuse scandal, and how to explain it in a way that doesn’t undermine their faith.
Telling kids nothing might be the easy answer, and for children, that’s probably the way to go—for now.
But if our kids continue to practice their faith into young adulthood, they’re going to be challenged by the scandal sooner or later. And if parents (or other trusted adults) don’t help older kids and teens sort out how to be Catholic in the context of the scandal, others will happily provide their own spin on the situation—generally, something along the lines of, “How can you willingly identify with a community whose leaders have a history of enabling the abuse of the young and vulnerable?”
The good news is that Catholic parents are far from powerless in this situation. There are concrete steps parents can take to protect children from abuse, and there are several good ways they can protect the faith of older kids and teens as they come to terms with the reality of the scandal.
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