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A Shelter for Victims of Sexual Abuse Nelson Giovanelli Rosendo dos Santos, Co-founder Especially in recent years the Catholic Church has openly and courageously faced the problem of sexual abuse and power within it. Recently, the Fazenda da Esperança[1] has been appointed as an entity that has made an...

The Empty Tomb: Survival

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  • April 5, 2020

Wina Schaufler, Survivor When asked to write a heartfelt essay on why children shouldn’t endure what we survivors have, the image of the empty tomb popped in my mind.  As an early childhood clerical abuse survivor, and now a beyond middle aged woman, I was sent back to that...

Signature Bank Supports Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention and Many Other Charities Through Jeans Day Fundraiser Once a month, Signature Bank selects a charity to support that is near and dear to the hearts of its customers or employees. Each employee who contributes to the selected charity can wear...

Teresa Pitt Green, Founder I remember early steps to found this magazine, which now reaches every diocese in the United States – and is read in English-speaking Catholic circles around the world, like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Australia, Guam, South Africa and the Vatican. There was that first...

THE BOSTON MODEL

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  • January 18, 2020

In reporting success in pastoral care on local levels, many dioceses have gained experience in best practices, and can offer lessons learned, in distinct areas, such as prayer services, Mass, discussion groups. And, some dioceses offer models, which represent established and ongoing programs in survivor care and connections. One...

Catholics don’t typically want to turn a self-protective blind eye to the suffering around us, but we all struggle how to respond in situations where people in crisis need immediate help — especially if we aren’t able to do more than cross paths. Traveling between cities with my ministry...

Sharing Survivor Faith is the best way to encourage survivors in your diocese to realize their (often untold) faith stories are a treasure needed by the Church for healing. Survivor contributions to The Healing Voices are plentiful, including reflections on being parents, serving as ministers in their parishes, and...

VOICES OF LAY LEADERS

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  • January 15, 2020

Communicating to fellow Catholics is a critical element in facing the resurgent crisis of abuse. Not without reason, many Catholics distrust communications from their local and national Church leadership. The problem is that, as a result, many Catholics don’t know what really does require radical change, because they don’t...

By Rev. Kenneth W. Schmidt, MA, LPC, NCC One of the difficulties some survivors of childhood trauma encounter is difficulty in their relationship with God.  They have very mixed and perhaps confusing feelings about God. On the one hand, they were told as children that God loves, them, cares...