Requiescat in Pace: Barbara Blaine

Requiescat in Pace: Barbara Blaine By Michael D. Hoffman and Teresa Hartnett We didn’t personally know Barbara Blaine. Her sudden passing occurred at the time this issue was being produced, so we have hastened to add this acknowledgement of Barbara Blaine’s powerful voice among survivors of clergy abuse. For 30+ years, Ms. Blaine advocated for… Read More Requiescat in Pace: Barbara Blaine

A Tribute to Father Patrick Cecil (June 21, 1952 – November 14, 2016)

By Michael D. Hoffman Father Pat was the pastor of my parish, St. Mary of the Woods in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He supported every possible effort to heal from the wounds of childhood sexual abuse by clergy for myself, as a parishioner and an individual survivor of clergy abuse, and for our Church as… Read More A Tribute to Father Patrick Cecil (June 21, 1952 – November 14, 2016)

Observations, Reflections, Gratitude for Victim Assistance Coordinators

By Sooz Jeson When I look back experiences I have had with Victim Assistance Coordinators and those others have had, what takes precedence over all the other assets of a “ideal” VAC are two things: (1) listen with an open ear, and (2) do not assume or be concerned about money, because money is not… Read More Observations, Reflections, Gratitude for Victim Assistance Coordinators

Book Review: Shrinking the Monster

Lamp, Lifeboat, Ladder By Teresa, Founder BOOK REVIEW Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse By Norbert Krapf Chicago, Illinois: ACTA Publications, In Extenso Press imprint, 2016 Shrinking the Monster: Healing the Wounds of Our Abuse is, by author Norbert Krapf’s description, a prose memoir about writing Catholic Boy Blues, which is a… Read More Book Review: Shrinking the Monster

Thomas P. Tharayil: Our Valued Friend in Christ

By Mike Hoffman, on behalf of the Founders of Healing Voices Newsletter In each diocese of the United States Catholic Church a Victim Assistance Coordinator is a resource to survivors of clergy abuse and to their families, aiding healing from the pain. This position was mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in… Read More Thomas P. Tharayil: Our Valued Friend in Christ