Can Seminary Formation Prevent Clergy Sexual Abuse?

  • FX. Eko Armada Riyanto Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia
Keywords: Seminarians, Sexual Abuse, Formation for Sexual Maturity, Sexuality, Seminary Formation


This article is based on my research of the sexual life as told by seminarians. The aim of research is to find out more precisely opinions and stories of their sexual experience. My assumption is that the crisis of the Catholic Church with regard to sexual abuse committed by the clergy has to be taken seriously since the beginning of the life-processing of the sexual life of the seminarians in the initial formation. The methodology of the research is an open questionnaire with phenomenological approach which gives more space to the subjects to share personal stories. From a hundred respondents, ninety-eight of them wrote down their experiences in a closed letter. The result is that many of them have “uncomfortable experiences” of sexuality or even suffer sort of sexual violence connected with the family background and friends. Some serious traumatic experiences could cause them to be a “wounded person” from the standpoint of sexuality. They need really a proper assistance in formation program.

Author Biography

FX. Eko Armada Riyanto, Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia

FX. Eko Armada Riyanto, CM is a Vincentian priest, formator of Saint Vincent de Paul Seminary and teacher of ethics. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome (1999) with specialization of social ethics. He has been a formator since 1993, and is currently president of the Widya Sasana School of Philosophy and Theology, Malang, Indonesia.


KWI (Bishops’ Conference of Indonesian), Professional Ministries of the Catholic Church and Prevention of the Abuse of Power, Yogyakarta: Kanisius, 2018.

How to Cite
Riyanto, F. E. A. (2020). SEXUAL LIFE AS TOLD BY SEMINARIANS. Asian Horizons, 14(2), 431-442. Retrieved from