La codépendance des femmes en Église comment se relever d'un abus de pouvoir
Evans, Marie Patricia
The issue of power is at the core of relationships between men and women in the Church. In the Roman Catholic church, decision-making power is the exclusive right of hierarchically ordained men. This thesis attempts to demonstrate that power in the sole hands of ordained men lends itself to abuse, causing a particular disease in women who are their victims. It applies Anne Wilson Schaef's analysis of codependency to describe the behaviour of a group of women who were either sexually abused or arbitrarily dismissed from their church work. It then examines recent Church teaching to establish it's consistency with a tradition that sacralizes patriarchal power and assigns roles to women that maintain them in a state of codependency. Finally, it proposes a feminist spirituality based on new theological representations and a renewed anthropology which can help abused women grow in their Christian faith and find healing.