Pastors and cybersex addiction


*CLERGY -- Sexual behavior
*SEX addiction
*INTERNET pornography

Abstract:Clergy of all religious traditions are presenting in increasing numbers with addiction to Internet pornography. This article examines the characteristics of clergy who suffer from it. Clergy have been shown to be uneducated about healthy sexuality and boundaries in ministry. The nature of their role increases vulnerability to addiction and adds unique challenges to treatment. Treatment for clergy must be sensitive to these challenges particularly in assessing ability to remain in or return to the practice of ministry. An ongoing accountability plan will be essential in allowing church authorities to feel confident about the ministerial practice of those who suffer from Internet addiction.

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