ROUND TABLE: BISHOPS MASS OF PRAYER AND PENANCE

On June 14, 2017, the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops opened its Plenary Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a Mass of Prayer and Penance related to praying, also, for Healing of Survivors of Clergy Abuse. The homily was preached by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. What are your reflections on the… Read More ROUND TABLE: BISHOPS MASS OF PRAYER AND PENANCE

Pinwheels

Teresa Pitt Green, Founder Delight. A pinwheel is all about delight. It’s defined by action-words like twirling, spinning, whirling, swirling, dancing. It’s associated with favorite things like fireworks, holidays, toys, cookies and even pinwheel-shaped galaxies. Pinwheels really are a fitting image to promote Child Abuse Prevention event such as those our fellow Founder of the… Read More Pinwheels

The Way: Healing Retreat for Adults Survivors of Abuse

Teresa Pitt Green, Founder “The Way” is a unique healing retreat for adult survivors of clergy abuse. “The Way” is offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia. It involves three days of guided meditations and prayer crafted around the Stations of the Cross. Participants move with Christ on a path overcoming dread, confusion, deep hurt,… Read More The Way: Healing Retreat for Adults Survivors of Abuse

ROUND TABLE: Resignation of Marie Collins

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

Mutual Healing in Dialogue

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

Special Edition for Victim Assistance and Survivor Ministry

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

Do’s and Don’ts in Survivor Ministry

  Effective Pastoral Care for Adult Survivors of Abuse or Trauma Copyright © T. Pitt Green 2014. Reprinted by Permission. Don’t talk. Listen. Don’t know. Learn. Don’t defend. Acknowledge guilt of abusers and enablers. Don’t minimize. Recognize the burden. Don’t intellectualize. Permit strong feelings. Don’t launch a pep talk. Know if it were possible, we’d… Read More Do’s and Don’ts in Survivor Ministry