The Epiphany is a source of grace and understanding for Christians, particularly Catholics who are unsure about those of us abused by clergy. Here are three reasons why. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by this brief read to rethink how you relate to survivors of abuse who are … Read More Fellow Travelers
PRAYER SERVICE FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE AND THOSE WHOM THEY LOVE On the Feast of the Archangels, September 29th, the Founders of The Healing Voices Magazine hosted our first online Prayer Service, with the help of fellow Catholic survivors from all corners of North America. Our attendees called in from a similarly wide scope. At… Read More Healing Online Prayer Service
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
Roy A. Harley Executive Director Prevent Child Abuse Illinois My life has been so very gifted from the outset. I grew up in a wonderful family with seven brothers and sisters, loving and caring parents, lots of aunts and uncles, and over 100 first cousins. We lived in a pleasant community where we knew our neighbors,… Read More Child Abuse Prevention: A Personal Reflection
By Bernie Nojadera, Executive Director, Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Prior to 2002, a good majority of dioceses had policies dealing with sexual misconduct in place. Then came the Boston Globe‘s January 2002 headlines regarding child sexual abuse and clergy. In June 2002, the bishops of the United States formalized… Read More Promise to Protect. Pledge to Heal.
By Deacon Robert M. de Silva, Director Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, Diocese of Arlington, Virginia I will never forget during my formation as a Catholic Permanent Deacon in 2007, the day when the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator brought in two victim/survivors to speak with my class. We wept though their testimonies and,… Read More Working in Child and Youth Protection: A Deacon’s Perspective