Church Scandals And Prodigal Fathers
Presented by Dave McClow M.Div., LCSW, LMFT
When: December 4th from 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members
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The current series of Church sex scandals (pedophilic and homosexual) provokes the questions of what went wrong and what is the remedy? The definition of the problem always defines the interventions. To define the problem as only a Church hierarchy problem severely limits the interventions and the participants. I propose a wider view. The problem is a crisis of prodigal fathers or fatherlessness. Men have failed by living out the two distortions of masculinity, passivity and/or brutality, creating four groups in the scandals: the victims, the perpetrators, those who actively covered up, and those who knew and did nothing. I will propose spiritual fatherhood, as the summit of being a man lived out in chivalry as priest, prophet, and king, as a solution for all groups involved. I will briefly address how parenting affects the brain, moral development, and virtue (especially valor), and will discuss men’s undervalued contribution.
- To focus the Church scandals on a more fundamental problem: poor masculine formation from biological and spiritual families for the four major groups of the scandal: the victims, the perpetrators, those who actively covered things up, and those who knew and did nothing. This engages a larger group of people in the solution.
- To define the summit of masculinity as living out spiritual fatherhood in chivalry as priest, prophet, and king in order to develop courageous men that can more effectively address the four levels sex scandals.
- To integrate the interpersonal neurobiological perspective of the brain with the practices of parenting (primarily fathering) and spiritual fatherhood, and show their connection to the development of morals and virtues in children.
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