Kathleen Wilson Do you ever start noticing words or phrases or quotes keep popping up in your live so often that you begin to think of them as a message? A message that arrives to relate to your life and then moves you to send your own message out? This has been happening quite a… Read More I Thirst
Deacon Phil Franco, PhD “And Jesus wept.” The verse we just heard in the Gospel, the shortest verse in the entire Bible, is to me, also among the most mysterious. Since I was a little child the verse confused and fascinated me, as I wondered this: Why would Jesus, who is God, who knew that… Read More And Jesus Wept
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?
Sooz Jeson, Founder The other day I attended a weekday morning Mass and was met with a pleasant surprise. It turned out to be the morning for the grade school children’s Mass. During Communion, the little ones, who have not yet received their first communion, walked up to the front arms crossed and walked back… Read More Created in the Image of God
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION Question Around the Table: What’s Your Response to the Resignation of Marie Collins from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors? FYI: Marie Collins’s statement on resigning, as posted on Twitter, is here. Mike I was so sad to hear of Marie’s resignation from the Commission. Her voice was powerful, steadfast and… Read More ROUND TABLE: Resignation of Marie Collins
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
The Healing Voices Magazine V2 N1 February 2017 Special Edition: Victim Assistance Coordinators This Special Issue of The Healing Voices Magazine has been produced for (although not solicited by) the 2017 Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference. In this Special Issue, we have focused on the experiences that survivors of abuse by clergy… Read More Special Edition for Victim Assistance and Survivor Ministry
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 Robert A. Orsi, PhD Can the Catholic Church change? Many survivors of clerical sexual abuse are confronting this question head-on today in the United States and around the Catholic world as they seek to act in faithfulness to what they have come to believe is their calling, specifically as victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse, to… Read More Can the Catholic Church Change?