Companion Articles about Survivor Ministry By Mayra Flores and Michael D. Hoffman Mike Hoffman I first met Mayra Flores on a very emotionally conflicted day for me. On August 24, 2006, I presented myself to the Archdiocese of Chicago to tell my story of childhood sexual abuse by our Catholic priest at the time. Mayra… Read More Opening the Door
Teresa Pitt Green, Co-Founder In response to the horrors survivors like us endured through abuse by priests and others in the faith setting of the faith of our childhood, the US Catholic Church instituted radical measures to protect children from all predators. These reforms, particularly educational programs and vetting processes, were rolled out within a… Read More Catholic Reforms: 5 Things 2 Know
Norbert Krapf Sitting in the front row close to the bishops at the Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul for the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops, I felt that I was a representative of all my fellow survivors, though no one had appointed me or selected me for that purpose. Yet, I… Read More ACCIDENTAL REPRESENTATIVE
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 Bishops’ Mass of Prayer and Penance, A Round Table
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