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Clergy article leads to dangerous conclusions.

I had just stopped to relax with your November 2004 issue in hand when I opened to Joseph Amico's article on clergy and sexual boundaries. I really do not have much time to be critical and so I will be brief.

In the first paragraph, Amico informs us of his brain's dots connection among sexual abuse scandals by clergy, suppression of sexual orientation, addiction, sexual acting-out and (I assume gay) clergy.

In the second paragraph, he unfortunately is not clear that abusive clergy are not all gay, that suppression of sexuality in clergy is not limited to gay clergy, and that addiction and sexual acting-out are not limited to gay clergy.

Amico's insight into the consequences of the suppression of sexuality in clerical lives is worth the article. Presenting such in a way that risks the conclusion that sexual abuse of children is a gay clerical problem is seriously unfortunate. A replacement article needs to be written, perhaps by Amico.

Bob Hergenroeder, LCSW

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Hergenroeder, Bob
Publication:Addiction Professional
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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