Catholics

To fellow Catholics:

We are Catholic survivors of clergy abuse who have been, for years, working to advance awareness, healing and reconciliation within the Roman Catholic Church for all harmed, directly or indirectly, by child abuse among us.

We understand that survivors and family members may struggle–even avoid–a relationship with the Eucharist, and that priests, nuns, deacons and other ministers, while seeking to to help, find themselves unsure how to relate Scripture and a sacramental life to those who have fled a faith where they were wounded. We promote unity through awareness, healing and reconciliation.

In all our work with Catholics, we remain faithful to Church teachings and rely on Scripture from the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Although we do not deny or ignore shortfalls in Church response and in efficacy universally of reforms to date, we choose to assume good intent and, thereby, align faithfully with the letter and the spirit of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Let there be no doubt that we also gratefully serve all our Christian sisters and brothers with utmost respect and regard for their beliefs and traditions, in complete reverence for their devotion to the Lord and their love of God. This website reflects our ecumenical service for, sadly, the scourge of child abuse hurts people everywhere and, thankfully, the need for a Christian response is sought in many denominations.

 

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV