Archive for April, 2011

Apr 20 2011

The Similarity Between the Modern Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal and the prior 2,000 Year History of the Catholic Church: Recovered Memory Series VIII

A key question in the recovered memory debate is whether it’s possible for someone to forget traumatic abuse and then remember it later, sometimes decades later.

If you want to move ahead and study some of the research validating this forgetting and remembering process, go to the following websites:

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Apr 19 2011

The Focus of the Council of Elvira 306AD Confirms the Nearly Two thousand Year History of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Clergy

Despite the canon law established by the Council of Elvira, the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests and clergy, as well as other inappropriate sexual activities and relationships were widespread throughout the history of the Catholic church up to the present time.

Reverend Thomas Doyle, in his “A very short history of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic church”, notes:

“By the 9th century collections of the growing mass of legislation began to appear.  These were unofficial and generally poorly organized attempts at putting at least some of the known legislation in the same place.”

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Apr 18 2011

The Canon Laws of the Catholic Church’s Council of Elvira 306AD : Recovered Memory Series IV

For those who may be interested in reading each specific law enacted at the Council of Elvira, I am reprinting them on this post.

You can also read them here.

Why are they significant?

These canon laws enacted in the 4th Century clearly document the major concerns, perhaps preoccupation, of early Catholic church leaders with pedophilia, adultery, sexual misconduct of bishops and clergy, and the sexual life of early Christians.

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Apr 18 2011

The Council of Elvira 306AD and the Catholic Church’s Proccupation With Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct: Recovered Memory Series III

I know it may be hard to believe the Catholic church leaders were already preoccupied with sex in the early 4th Century, but they were.

Keep in mind, 306AD was 1,706 years ago. So, for over 1,700 years, the Catholic church and their decision makers have been aware, concerned, and trying to manage the damage caused by the sexual violations of their bishops and clerics.

What kind of sex?

Here is a summary of the types of sexual behaviors the Council of Elvira addressed and tried to control:

  • Sexual abuse of children, adolescents and adults by bishops, priests, and other clergy

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Apr 16 2011

The Catholic Church’s 2,000 Year History of Sexual Abuse of Children and Others: Recovered Memories Series III

If you were raised a Catholic in the 50’s and 60’s as I was, you will also be shocked to find out the Catholic clergy have been sexually abusing children, adolescents and adults since the early days of the church.

The notion that sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is a modern phenomenon is the public relations and legal strategy used today to explain and defend against responsibility for this betrayal of children and families.

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Apr 16 2011

1984 Conviction of Pedophile Catholic Priest Gilbert Gauthe in Luisiana: Recovered Memory Series II

The 1984 arrest and later conviction of Gilbert Gauthe (seen middle, in the picture on the left) of 37 counts child sexual abuse is widely understood as the beginning of what we know now as the modern sexual abuse scandal of the Catholic Church.

Joseph Saunders, a lawyer in Louisiana who followed the Gauthe case, has written extensively about sex abuse, the law, and the role of the Catholic church.

Saunders states on his blog:

“Gilbert Gauthe was a popular young priest who groomed his prey by getting close to the family. He sought those young boys who had no father figure, whose mothers looked up to

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Apr 15 2011

Recovered Memory: Freud’s Belief, Then Rejection of Recovered Memories of Abuse

One only needs to examine the work of Freud to see the origins of the recovered memory debate.

In 1896, Freud wrote of a pattern of sexual abuse of women in eighteen consecutive cases.Robert Dewey quotes Freud in his “Introduction to Psychology”:

“The event of which the subject has retained an unconscious memory is a precocious [unusually early] experience of sexual relations with actual excitement of the genitals,

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Apr 15 2011

Lighting Up Memory Circuits: Exploring the Science Explaining Recovered Memories of Abuse

Recovered memories refers to the phenomenon of human beings forgetting aspects of their personal history, especially related to abuse experiences, then remembering it later, often decades later.

Psychotherapists meeting in the safety of the clinical room have often been witness to the lighting up of a person’s memory circuits when they begin to remember some earlier abuse experience.

It’s a powerful moment for both client and therapist.

A client may become reflective, tuned inward to sensations, images, emotions, then look

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