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Video| Sex, Abuse, and the Church

Thanks to Religion Dispatches, Peter Laarman, director of Progressive Christians Uniting and James Martin, of American and author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything discuss sex and the church. In the context of the recent news about Catholic sexual abuse of children, both men, Catholic and Protestant, address the connections to theology, priestly practice and what this means for the ordination of women.


  • Does celibacy encourage priestly abuse?
  • The Anglican overture, married priests, and women priests
  • Jim calls for women in the Church’s leadership
  • Is celibacy abnormal?
  • Jim: Clerical culture, not celibacy, is to blame for the abuse scandal
  • The universal call to holiness
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