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Research Note | Institutional viscosity: a hidden bottleneck for the Church in dealing with the crisis of sexual child abuse

In this research note I pose the question: Why, as institutional actors, do ecclesial faith communities adopt such an inflexible attitude within the current context of post-secular society with respect to the dynamics, problems, and crises that they meet, an attitude that prevents them from acting with precision and flexibly both within and outside the church context, more specifically in connection with restorative action and effectuating generative justice?

I approach faith communities as independent organisational units or ‘social fields’ that have properties that make autonomous and specific social actions possible. One of these organisational properties that profoundly influences the social actions of faith communities is ‘institutional viscosity’ .

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