Seksuelle Overgreb i den Katolske Kirke: Den Katolske Seksualmoral og Tavshedspligt

Mia Bredsdorff, Freja Sofie Arp Rasmussen, Ida Emilie Laursen, Sebastian Bech Westerdahl, Victoria Lystager Hessner & Mikkel Pyndt Justesen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


In the course of the last decade, the issues regarding sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church has reached the public eye, and the importance of understanding and contriving ways in which to prevent this abuse is highly relevant.
Based on significant research, this paper thus analyzes and discusses the different aspects of sexual moral of the Catholic Church as well as the duty of confidentiality. Furthermore, the paper examines the possible connection between the sexual moral, the duty of confidentiality, and the cases of abuse presented in the media worldwide. The analysis conducted in this paper is based on various arguments made by both the Catholic Church and those who op-pose its line of reasoning. The validity of certain arguments will be supported by a qualitative interview with a psychologist who has access to documents concerning sexual abuse within the Church. The paper concludes that the strict demands made by the Church regarding the priests’ sexuality causes problems which eventually may result in sexual abuse. Furthermore, it is evident that the duty of confidentiality plays an important part in the cover-up of religious crimes. It is emphasized that the paper does not provide a definite solution to the problem. Rather, it presents a deeper understanding of the complexity of the problem. Finally, the paper discusses the possibility of a whistleblower organization which would help providing a way for clerics to inform the state of crimes witnessed within the Church without the knowledge of their superiors.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
Antal sider62
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen