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Title: Une culture synodale et fraternelle peut-elle refréner la culture des abus?
Author(s): THIEL, Marie-Jo
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 28    Issue: 2   Date: 2022   
Pages: 242-256
DOI: 10.2143/INT.28.2.3291373

Abstract :
By commissioning and following the recommendations of an independent report, the church of France has laid important groundwork for dealing with the 'culture of abuse', even though the laity, theologians, and associations must maintain some pressure in the church to overcome resistance. This has been concomitant with the launching of the synodal process in the universal church. The article hypothesizes that this is a happy coincidence, or in Christian terms, a grace! The synodal intuition could, under certain conditions, be a catalyst for preventing further abuse and taking better care of the victims. The author examines three aspects: the conjunction between the CIASE and CIIVISE organizations and the synodal process, the references to the synod in the CIASE report, and the possibility that the added strength and influence of a synodal church could spur reform and would inspire similar action in the society at large. The church needs society and society needs the church in order to push each other to pave the way, in a synodal manner, for greater respect for all human beings.

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