Advice from Clergy-Abuse Survivors for the Church

Katie Scott, a Catholic journalist who has been covering the inspiring stories offered by clergy-abuse survivors, recently published in The Catholic Sentinel (September 4, 2018) an article entitled “Advice from Survivors for Fellow Catholics,” which warrants a quick read by our readers. “The lacerating grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania and… Read More Advice from Clergy-Abuse Survivors for the Church

Strength-Based Therapy

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Another new and very effective approach to overcoming–at least to stabilizing–in the wake of the trauma of abuse is an approach in use by many of the social services being offered to victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. This strength-based approach is challenging traditional psychotherapists to employ a more balanced approach. Typically,… Read More Strength-Based Therapy

Therapy vs. Spiritual Direction

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Keeping a clear distinction between therapeutic counseling and spiritual direction is critical for all involved where both are offered. There is little doubt that both have important roles as a whole person heals from all the wounds of abuse, from mental and psychological to spiritual. A trauma-informed ministry supports spiritual recovery… Read More Therapy vs. Spiritual Direction

The Unique Gifts Survivors Offer to Fellow Catholics

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder * Survivors of abuse by clergy reflect the face of Christ as Victor over all evil, even evil rooted however transitorily in sacred space and dressed like a priest. Our stories are about resilience sustained by a Savior searching tirelessly for each of us in every destitute and wounded state—even where… Read More The Unique Gifts Survivors Offer to Fellow Catholics

Reclaiming Integrity Lost to Clergy Abuse

Introduction Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder * When Mike suggested I introduce his reflection (below) on the distressing news of seminarians and priests suffering the fate of our shared experience of abuse, I couldn’t understand why. What Mike has to share reflects, already, everything The Healing Voices Magazine stands for. In short, we come together to… Read More Reclaiming Integrity Lost to Clergy Abuse

Forgiveness: Resources for Reflecting

Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder Forgiveness is terribly difficult process. For survivors of abuse by clergy or by others in authority where abusers were enabled and even forgiven, the idea of forgiveness is fraught with associations of complicity. Yet, forgiveness begins with reflection and discernment. Here are some resources to help with discernment – without suggesting… Read More Forgiveness: Resources for Reflecting