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
By Mike Hoffman, Founder As chairman of the Hope and Healing Committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a childhood sexual abuse survivor, it means a lot to me to be able to write about this Healing Mass. Here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, each year we have gathered together at this Mass to promote… Read More Mass for Hope and Healing
Mercy isn’t free; mercy requires effort, dedication and sacrifice. It requires we reject sin, selflessness and destructive desire. In effect, it requires doing things God’s way, not our way. Pope Francis in Misericordiae Vultus No. 14
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
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?
We will be referring to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in this issue, so we thought you would appreciate a basic definition. The Commission was instituted within the Curia by Pope Francis I in March of 2014. Led by Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M., the Commission is tasked with proposing policy and procedural changes… Read More What is the Pontifical Commission?
By Mike Hoffman, Founder When the creation of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was announced in 2013, it was a welcomed development. I thought the creation of the Commission would bring hope and healing to victims/survivors of clergy abuse. Soon after the announcement, I wrote a letter to Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s office requesting… Read More The Pontifical Commission and Where Healing Begins
By Eileen Mathy Like many, I felt hopeful with the Vatican’s announcement last June, of the formation of a tribunal to try bishops accused of abuse cover ups. Even more satisfying was the suggestion that two survivors serve on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors which recommended the tribunal. They were Peter Saunders… Read More Survivors’ Dilemma in the Pontifical Commission