Miguel Prats As a survivor of abuse by a priest, the passing of Cardinal Bernard Law brought back old feelings of anger and betrayal. It’s always been hard for me to live knowing that he knew Fr. John Geoghan was a serial child rapist and knew of others, too. I found it unfathomable to read,… Read More When Cardinal Bernard Law Passed Away
One regular contributor to The Healing Voices Magazine, Deborah Kloos, is a survivor of clergy abuse who lives in Windsor, Ontario. Besides using her artistry to create bridges within the Church, Deborah has shared with us how she was the survivor who originally raised the request for a day of prayer to the attention of… Read More A Very Special Presence in Spirit
Michael D. Hoffman, Founder I didn’t want to tell them. Even as an adult, I didn’t want to tell them. It took me years of counseling, and a lot of hard work, but I finally told them their little boy was sexually abused by their priest friend at the time. My parents live in the… Read More A Model of Reconciliation: My Parents
Sooz Jeson, Founder We, victim-survivors, can be mistaken for the face of an evil which was perpetrated not by us but by some whose responsibility was to teach us about God and what it means to live a holy life. We can also be mistaken for the face of a second evil-sin, the sin of others… Read More Holy Week Wonder
Kathy O’Connell, Founder I often place myself in Jesus’ position as he was betrayed by a loved one, carried His Cross, even fell three times on his journey leading him to a crucial death. It saddens me over and over to know our Jesus endured such pain and endured it all for us. I imagine… Read More Easter Reflections
Deborah Kloos Forgiveness has been a cornerstone in my healing, and my healing from abuse has freed me to do things I never thought I would do. I never thought I would be speaking at my father’s funeral, whom I was estranged from for 30 years. I was afraid of my father as a child.… Read More Requiescat in Pace
By Father Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S. “Forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us.” How those words from the Lord’s Prayer must sting each and every time they are said by an adult victim of child sexual abuse. Forgiveness of the abuser and those complicit in any way in the abuse… Read More Forgiveness: Is It Even Possible?
By Sooz Jeson, Founder God calls us to be doers of the word and not hearers only. James 1:22 This year, and always, being a “doer” entails performing works of mercy, which are common practices in the Catholic Church as acts of penance and charity. When I am able to carry out these actions for others… Read More Survivors Hold the Key, Bear Witness to the Renewal of the Church