Source: (2006) Washington and Lee Law Review. 63(4):1693-1741.

This Note proposes that the best way to break this cycle would be for the Church and the offending priests to meet with the victims and settle the problems outside of the judicial system. Though victims could turn to any method of alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice could provide the most successful model. Restorative justice brings together the victims, the offenders, and the community to talk about the harm and to come to a mutually agreeable remedy, while focusing on compassion, rehabilitation, and equalization of the power imbalance among the parties. Thus, this Note suggests that victims and the Church should consider the benefits of applying a restorative justice approach to the particular problems of clergy sexual abuse. (excerpt)