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  1. Let me get this straight. If a parent abuses a child, it’s the child that’s “sick”?

    Corporal punishment isn’t what it used to be, but all the same. When the sins of the parents are visited on children, it isn’t the reverse.

    In the middle ages, fools were given shelter and sanctuary in the church because they were felt to be innocent, and, therefore, closer to God. Perhaps we could learn something, in this instance, from the medieval church.

    • Exactly. I worked with foster youth for 20 years. No matter how badly they were beaten, abused, abandoned, humiliated, and unstabilized, it was always the kid who got diagnosed. I like the idea of the “holy fool” – certainly can’t be anything but a step up from the “cursed victim” approach we are taking today.