chapter  Chapter Nine
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Do not call anyone father

ByCarlos Domínguez-Morano

The boss, the teacher, the superior, like the imaginary father of childhood, knows everything and can do anything. The child, after a certain time, begins to fear the power of the parents, who seem to have great capacity to persuade, give orders, punish, praise, or manipulate. In the Christian community, the typical characteristics of the lack of emotional maturity during childhood have been encouraged and favoured, perpetuating, in this way, immaturity in its diverse structures, in particular in the clerical position. In that Christian community, it has to be stated, in terms of clear psychoanalytic reference, that the place of the father should remain empty. Father, teacher, or director, are not Christian words in so far as they are used to describe a type of interpersonal relationship inside the community. “In the realm of authority, the global Christian community has failed in the right reading of the signs of the times”.