Mary Jane Doerr Director, Office of Protection for Children and Youth Archdiocese of Chicago After a brutal wake-up call in 2002, the bishops of the United States formalized the response to allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. With the approval of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,… Read More What Is the Church Doing about Sexual Abuse?
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, PhD DMin I remember over twenty years ago going to a Chicago meeting of one of the earliest groups of child sexual abuse victims within the Catholic Church. As a Catholic priest, I was made to feel welcome among them. They were just beginning to organize and it was a helpful,… Read More Forging a New Alliance Between Victims and the Church
Teresa Pitt Green, Founder My experience of the partnership between Church and survivors has been forged in the diocese of Arlington, Virginia, where annually there are multiple Healing Masses, survivor prayer services, discussion groups and other opportunities like spiritual guidance. Most importantly, there are priests, sisters, deacons and a bishop who have been caring to… Read More Mutual Healing in Dialogue
Lamp, Lifeboat, Ladder By Teresa, Founder BOOK REVIEW Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse By Norbert Krapf Chicago, Illinois: ACTA Publications, In Extenso Press imprint, 2016 Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse is, by author Norbert Krapf’s description, a prose memoir about writing Catholic Boy Blues, which is a… Read More Book Review: Shrinking the Monster
By Quinn R. Conners, O.Carm., Ph.D. The mission statement of Healing Voices is powerful: “…to reconcile our faith with the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harm done to us.” Such a vision is a challenge, and engaging in that process is a lifelong task. One facet of that task is dealing with the impact that… Read More Abuse, Therapy and Spirituality: Reconciling the Three
Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness A Book by Nancy Kehoe By The Bookworm Surprise! They invited me back to write another review. Either I did okay with Elie Wiesel’s Night or they’re hard up for contributions. Either way this review is about a book a survivor gave me… Read More Wrestling with Our Inner Angels, by Nancy Kehoe
By Sooz Jeson, Founder Many people, including Catholics, mistakenly believe survivors of clergy abuse have rejected the Catholic faith–and the Church. Many of us did. Many still do. But many of us remain Catholic, active Catholics. We may sometimes need to adjust how we relate to the Church in order to be responsible for caring for… Read More Renew My Church
By Tim Ruffner, Founder As I sit in front of my computer contemplating what to write, I realize that in all honesty I haven’t really stepped back into the “Church” as I wanted to just yet. I suppose it’s a number of things, some of which stem back from when I was abused, but more,… Read More The Steadfast Search: One Step at a Time
By Victoria S. Schmidt We give in to a passive sense of inevitability and imagination dies. Everything seems too complex, too beyond reach. Constance Fitzgerald, OCD When I finally reached out for help to begin my healing process, I had no idea that it would have to get much worse before it got better. It… Read More All Shall Be Well, All Manner of Things Shall Be Well
Tim I recently went into a church for the first time since I was abused. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, considering the church was in Mexico and well they all spoke Spanish. I did have this very weird feeling walking into a church and not knowing what to expect. I… Read More Round Table: How or Why Have We Remained Catholic?