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Silent and betrayed
Patricia Casey

further damaged. Studies from the USA concerning trust in the institution of the Church have documented the impact on those abused (Rosetti 1995) and at parish level (Kline et al. 2008).The consequences include a deep hurt at the perceived betrayal by Church leaders, a reawakening of pain connected to past injuries by clergy, an effort to cope by separating one’s relationship with God from that with the Church and a concern for the spiritual well-​being of other family members. This has contributed to what is referred to as ‘cultural Catholicism’.The abuse scandals have

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism