The pope decided to make it clear that he was serious about sexual abuse so he defrocked a cardinal. That is like excommunicating an apostle in the LDS Church after they had been released from the quorum.
Now. We have clear statements and guidelines about having zero tolerance for abuse. See https://www.lds.org/get-help/abuse?cid=rdb_v_abuse&lang=eng
Abuse is the neglect or mistreatment of others (such as a child or spouse, the elderly, the disabled, or anyone else) in such a way that causes physical, emotional, or sexual harm. It goes against the teachings of the Savior. The Lord condemns abusive behavior in any form.
“The Church’s position is that abuse cannot be tolerated in any form” (Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops , 17.3.2). Abuse violates the laws of God and may also be a violation of the laws of society. The Lord expects us to do all we can to prevent abuse and to protect and help those who have been victims of abuse. No one is expected to endure abusive behavior.
That is a very clear statement.
What happens to a woman who is physically abused and goes to her bishop and is told it is her fault and she needs to just accept the beatings until she has repented?
Who does she go to?
What happens if she complains to her stake president or writes Salt Lake?
What should happen?
I’d like to ask our readers?
- What can you do if a leader is abusing you or tells you the abuse is your fault?
- What church sources are available to someone who wants relief from a bishop who doesn’t follow the handbook?
- What does the church need to do next to signal it means what the handbook says?
- What do you think of the anti-abuse website generally?
- What other suggestions would you have?