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Anger as a Resource for Ecclesial Change: Responding to Sexual Abuse in the U.S. American Catholic Church

June 6-9, 2019
Catholic Theological Society of America
Pittsburgh, PA

Drawing on the work of dialogue partners from Chicana feminist literature and Latina theology, this paper explores the possibility that anger can be an experience that clarifies a just course of action.   It will provide support for the claim that righteous anger not only is an appropriate response to injustice, but can also clear a path toward right action toward ecclesial change. In doing so, this paper will focus on the systemic sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.