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Title:
Understanding clergy misconduct in religious systems : scapegoating, family secrets, and the abuse of power
Author:
Benyei, Candace Reed.
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Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Pastoral Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xv, 197 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789004512

9780789004529
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Book

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In Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems, you'll take an incisive look at why sexual misconduct occurs in religious systems and how to implement proactive strategies for holistic change. Applicable to both Jewish and Christian communities, this illuminating exploration takes a look at the psychology behind scapegoating, why it is perpetuated, and how you can quell the damaging tradition of silence.

Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems helps you see leaders of religious institutions in a way that the world has been afraid to see them--in a glass clearly. Enriched with metaphoric myths and fairy tales instead of technical jargon, its unique systemic perspective reveals the psychodynamics behind the obsession with family secrets and lets you understand this dysfunction from the perspectives of victim, abuser, and counselor. These specific areas will both inform and aid you in dealing with this difficult subject: the religious institution as a family system the religious system as an illusion of the perfect family the concept of God-transference and the overidealization of clergy clergy personal relationships and clergy congregational relationships vulnerability and the psychology of the victim strategies for healing dysfunctional religious systems

Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems comes at just the right time--in an era when little has been written on the subject, especially from a systemic perspective, this work comes at a time when the phenomena of clergy sexual misconduct has rocked the very foundation of religious systems worldwide. Whether you're a lay congregational leader, judicatory administrator, pastoral counselor, psychologist, or seminarian, you'll find that the coping strategies and intervention techniques it outlines will guide you in pinpointing the sickness at its source and restoring felicity and order to your religious leaders and their communities. as a family system the religious system as an illusion of the perfect family the concept of God-transference and the overidealization of clergy clergy personal relationships and clergy congregational relationships vulnerability and the psychology of the victim strategies for healing dysfunctional religious systems

Understanding Clergy Misconduct in Religious Systems comes at just the right time--in an era when little has been written on the subject, especially from a systemic perspective, this work comes at a time when the phenomena of clergy sexual misconduct has rocked the very foundation of religious systems worldwide. Whether you're a lay congregational leader, judicatory administrator, pastoral counselor, psychologist, or seminarian, you'll find that the coping strategies and intervention techniques it outlines will guide you in pinpointing the sickness at its source and restoring felicity and order to your religious leaders and their communities. eir communities.


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Benyei is a spiritual director, research scientist, and teaching psychotherapist; her book is an important resource for understanding, responding to, and preventing clergy boundary discretions within Christian and Jewish religious communities. Unlike many studies in the area (for example, Peter Rutter's Sex in the Forbidden Zone: When Men in Power--Therapists, Doctors, Clergy, Teachers, and Others--Betray Women's Trust, 1989), the focus is not simply on the misconduct of the cleric. Benyei makes a strong case that the ministry appears to attract persons who are prone to break sexual boundaries and that misconduct tends to grow out of an abuse of the power in the position of priest, pastor, or rabbi. She goes on to use family system analysis to describe how religious communities, as "families," engage in silence, denial, and scapegoating, which both hide and heighten the reality and effects of clergy sexual misconduct. Highly recommended for counselors and therapists, clergy, and officials responsible for the care, calling, and discipline of leaders of religious communities. Suitable for general readers, graduate students, faculty and researchers, and professionals and practitioners. C. L. Hansen; Midland Lutheran College