Mary Jane Doerr Director, Office of Protection for Children and Youth Archdiocese of Chicago After a brutal wake-up call in 2002, the bishops of the United States formalized the response to allegations of child sexual abuse by members of the clergy. With the approval of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,… Read More What Is the Church Doing about Sexual Abuse?
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 Bernie Nojadera, Executive Director, Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Prior to 2002, a good majority of dioceses had policies dealing with sexual misconduct in place. Then came the Boston Globe‘s January 2002 headlines regarding child sexual abuse and clergy. In June 2002, the bishops of the United States formalized… Read More Promise to Protect. Pledge to Heal.
By Deacon Robert M. de Silva, Director Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, Diocese of Arlington, Virginia I will never forget during my formation as a Catholic Permanent Deacon in 2007, the day when the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator brought in two victim/survivors to speak with my class. We wept though their testimonies and,… Read More Working in Child and Youth Protection: A Deacon’s Perspective
By Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S.  Like everybody else, the sex abuse scandals have affected me in many ways and on many different levels. I am a priest. When I began to read accounts of the abuse scandals that clustered around the Church and its clergy, I was amazed, first, that it existed among the… Read More Child Protection as Survivor Ministry
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