Category Archives: abuse

Part 2, Why Many Catholics Still Won’t Leave the Church Even Though Sex Abuse Scandals Explode: Family and Institutional Grooming

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Part 1, “Introduction”       Part 3, “Signs and Wonders” “Give me the child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man.” Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits FAMILY AND (CATHOLIC) INSTITUTIONAL GROOMING In the … Continue reading

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On the Escalating Rage of the Far Left: When Reason Fails–Two Responses to Political Abuse from Relationship Abuse

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila I am going to draw an analogy between how targets of abusers in relationships survive the abuse and how similar strategies can help targets of political abusers–i.e., individuals and groups I would define as those on the … Continue reading

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Hallmarks of Spiritual Abuse and Sally’s Story (© 2018, Sally Richardson)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila Introduction: Today’s post is a contribution from a reader in the UK who shares her story of spiritual abuse in several churches. She also presents a list of the hallmarks of such churches, which aligns with the … Continue reading

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“Responding to Spiritual Abuse at Authoritarian Churches” by Dale Rudiger

Below is another excellent article in a series by Dale Rudiger who blogs at The Ex-Catholic Journal. It is an important read, I believe, not just for ex-Catholics, but for anyone in churches who, by way of false doctrines, desire to … Continue reading

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Dealing With (Political and Other) Narcissists With Insights from David Johnston’s “Second Mile Principle”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila In some of my recent posts I have been offering my perspective on the state of “lethal rage,” you might put it, that I have observed in the behaviors and vitriol from some the extremist ends of … Continue reading

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Is It The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival, Part 6: “Losin’ All Your Highs and Lows”

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila A segment of the lyrics to the old Eagles’ tune, “Desperado,” that I listened to again, recently, speaks to the topic of this series. These words: “You’re losin’ all your highs and lows; ain’t it funny how … Continue reading

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Let HIM Love You…

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila   How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing  (Jesus,  quoted in Matthew 23:37 NIV).     Loving Him I was … Continue reading

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