Brian Clites is the Associate Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Instructor of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is an expert on Roman Catholic lay movements in the United States. Brian is currently finishing his first book, Surviving Soul Murder, which focuses on the lived religion of American clergy sexual abuse survivors. Trained as a historian and anthropologist, Dr. Clites’s broader teaching and research interests include case studies of how gender, trauma, and power are experienced differently across marginalized American religious communities.
"Is sexual abuse categorically different in religious contexts than in other institutional contexts," ask Brian Clites in this response to our interview with Katherine McPhillips. Focusing on the concept of "soul murder," Clites and McPhillips both argue the answer is yes. Read on to find out why.