Mentalis restrictio, or mental reservation, is a form of deception not considered an outright lie by clergy. Instead it is regarded as a theological strategy whereby the idea of a truth is expressed partly in speech and partly in mind.
Lying is considered a sin. But a Christians’ ethical duty is to tell the truth to God - reserving or restricting a part of that truth from human ears, while confessing full truth to God, is considered ethically sound by clergy, if deemed to serve the greater good (often, of the church). Paedophile clergy are known to appeal to the church doctrine of “mental reservation” as a defense to justify not telling the truth, claiming it a legitimate doctrine used by the church for centuries.
Project 4444 examines testimonies and statistical data brough to light during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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