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:


I will get to a discussion of the contemporary issues in the recovered memory and trauma field, but I confess, (there’s that word again!), I have been swept up by the discovery that the modern sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church is not much different than the sexual abuse and violations of clergy for the last 2,000 years.

Well, there is one significant difference. Up until 1984, families of victims and victims themselves relied on the Catholic church to internally manage the knowledge of their clergy’s sexual abuse of innocent children, adolescents and adults.
In 1984, the families and victims of Gilbert Gauthe filed lawsuits in civil court and Gauthe was arrested and tried in criminal court as well.

The secrecy of the Catholic church’s approach to managing or trying to stop clergy sexual abuse began to erode after 1984.

But I don’t want to move to far ahead, because the detailed records from the Inquisition of the middle ages offers too much data confirming the preoccupation, and failure, of the Catholic church to stop the widespread sexual abuse of innocents by its clergy.


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