2014 Carr Lecture Series

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“Diagnosing and Treating Child and Youth Sexual Abuse: Insights from the Empirical Sciences and Theology”
Abstract:  The sexual abuse of children and youth is a global social issue. Much has been learned about victim-survivors and about offenders since the late 1960’s when it became a public concern in the developed nations of the world. It affects all cultures and institutions. The preconditions for child sexual abuse have been identified and they include both personal and cultural factors.
This reflection brings insights from medicine, psychology and sociology on the importance of systemic and cultural beliefs and practices in the general dynamics of sexual abuse of children and youth. The Roman Catholic experience of clergy abuse will be reviewed as an example of the importance of beliefs and practices which have shaped the ongoing crisis. This understanding is crucial not only for the Church but for society at large.
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:30 pm
  • Buchanan A101 
  • 1866 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver
“Social Justice and the Common Good: Current Issues in Health Care”
Abstract:  Canadian Medicare with its universal, publicly-funded access to hospital and doctor-delivered health care has been an iconic manifestation of historically significant Canadian values of equity, fairness and solidarity. This public policy has situated access to health care as a public good, rather than a market good, and an element in the common good. Both health care and Canadian society have changed since the first promise of response to “medical necessity.”
Here we reflect on the increasingly pluralistic nature of Canadian society, the commercialization and commodification of individually-focused, acute, fix-oriented health care, the links between socio-demographic determinants and the health of communities and populations and the state of civic discourse for identification of challenges to the common good of all Canadians.
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • This is a by-donation event.
For further information, please contact Florence Allaye-Chan at 604-822-6862 (x119) or fchan@corpuschristi.ca.