April 2016

HEALING VOICES – APRIL 2016 V1 N2

SPECIAL EDITION: CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Mike Hoffman, Founder

This is a Special Edition of the Healing Voices newsletter in observance of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In periodic (non-regular) special editions, we expect to examine a variety of special topics related to healing ourselves and the larger Church from the wounds of abuse. For me, a deeply personal issue is the prevention of child abuse. Understanding that I was abused by our Catholic priest as a little boy, my wife and I still send our children to Catholic schools. We volunteer and are active in our parish. I served on the Athletic Board. My wife works at our parish. We instill in our children the overall Catholic identity instilled in us. Doing so is a complex emotional process, but, in short, it gives me great comfort to know that my kids, and all the kids of our parish, now have people surrounding them who can protect them from abuse so they can grow, thrive and build up their faith with dignity, the way God intended. It takes work to protect children. The Safe Environment Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Chicago calls this work an “on-going ministry of safe environment.” I agree with her, and I thank you for your interest in this topic. I hope you will find this edition informative and thoughtful.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Child Abuse Prevention – A Special Issue
Child Abuse Prevention in Catholic Schools: A Clergy Abuse Survivor’s Perspective
Beyond National Policy: Making Child Prevention a Reality
Promise to Protect. Pledge to Heal. USCCB Progress in Child and Youth Protection.
Working in Child and Youth Protection: A Deacon’s Perspective
This Is Not the End, a poem by Robert Krapf

MINISTRY

Child Protection as Survivor Ministry

SURVIVOR PERSPECTIVE

Vigilance and Commitment
The First Step in Reconciliation

ROUND TABLE

Spotlight Wins the Oscar for Best Picture