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 accountability within the Church. In the organization she founded in the late 1980s (Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP), Ms. Blaine helped many come out of hiding and share their stories of abuse, facilitating healing from those tragic events by many. Ms. Blaine helped to break the silence which surrounds childhood sexual abuse in our Church and society as a whole. For that we are grateful, and we wish her family and loved ones consolation and inspiration in her memory.

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