On November 11, 2018, Teresa Pitt Green, a survivor of clergy abuse as a child and teen, provided testimony during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ day of prayer at their General Assembly held in Baltimore, Maryland. Her testimony is provided here for our readers, along with a link to the prayer service the USCCB… Read More A Survivor’s Testimony at the Bishop’s Baltimore Conference: T. Pitt Green
On November 11, 2018, Luis A. Torres, Jr., a survivor of clergy abuse as a child, provided testimony during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ day of prayer at their General Assembly held in Baltimore, Maryland. His testimony is provided here for our readers, along with a link to the prayer service the USCCB posted… Read More A Survivor’s Testimony at the Bishop’s Baltimore Conference: Luis A. Torres, Jr.
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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.