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...

By Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S. [1] 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,...

By Teresa Pitt Green, Founder Every survivor of abuse or trauma responds, as they heal, in a unique way to the hard-won wisdom gained through recovery. Fundamentally, each one of us contributes, contrary to caricatures in media, richly to their family, friends, colleagues and ever-widening circle of interactions. My...

We are pleased to introduce our Healing Voices Round Table in this Special Edition.  We hope to make this forum a regular feature: individuals writing a first-person perspective on a common topic. As Founders of this newsletter, our mission is to raise our collective voice to share stories and...

Healing Garden in Chicago

  • By Spirit Fire
  • February 16, 2016

For survivors of clergy abuse, there is a healing garden on the grounds of Holy Family parish in Chicago which was created as a joint effort among survivors of clergy abuse, survivor and youth ministries, and clergy. Here is a place of refuge, prayer, reflection and solitude for passersby...

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