Survivors Hold the Key, Bear Witness to the Renewal of the Church

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

What is the Pontifical Commission?

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?

The Pontifical Commission and Where Healing Begins

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

Survivors’ Dilemma in the Pontifical Commission

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