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Dear Pope: Happy New Year
I was encouraged in early December by your announcement that you are convening a Vatican Commission on Child Sexual Abuse to help you address the needs of ...
Judge Adams, Part 1: “Fathers, do not . . .”
I was traveling and speaking at a conference in November when the story broke about Judge Adams beating his teenage daughter, Hilary, on tape.
Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy
300 priests. Thousands of children. A powerful institution. Decades of harm and betrayal. It’s been almost twenty years since the first public ...
Please Proclaim from the Housetops
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, ...
Oprah and the Jesuits
The Jesuits have settled a lawsuit brought by Alaska Native survivors for $50 million, the largest single settlement against a religious order. At least 110 ...
Dear Pope: It’s Me Again
I’m still waiting for your call, but in the meantime, I’m quite happy to provide you with a free consultation because it’s so important that you get this ...
Spotlight Discussion Guide
SPOTLIGHT: What Faith Communities Can Learn From the Movie (2016) - RECORDED
Through the eyes of journalists uncovering a scandal, the film Spotlight has given the general public a way to examine the systemic, religious, and personal ...
Reflection: Shiphrah and Puah, the Two Midwives of Passover Faith and Freedom
The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The ...
Working Together to Protect and Care for Our Most Vulnerable
by Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore‐Orbih, Director of Training and Consulting
Judge Adams, Part 2: “Judge Not That You Not Be Judged . . .”
Christian scripture is very clear. In Romans, Paul doesn’t mince words about the hypocrisy of sitting in judgment on another . . . when you are doing the ...
Déjà Vu All Over Again
Now it’s the Boy Scouts. They have been forced by the court to release the “Perversion Files”: over 1200 reports of sexual abuse by scoutmasters from 1965-85. ...
Role of the Faith Community in Preventing & Healing Child Sexual Abuse (2016) -RECORDED
Rev. Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center (Waco, TX), discusses the ways faith communities can support child victims and adult survivors of ...
Letter to a Helper
by Bettie Williams-Watson
Sometimes We See Justice Made
When national Protestant denominations meet, there is a lot of necessary but mundane business that goes on. But sometimes something very important occurs and ...
“‘A Day of Reckoning and Justice’ for Abuse Victims”
This was the front page headline that greeted me Saturday morning in my local paper, The Seattle Times. The quote is from Clarita Vargas, 51, of Tacoma, WA, ...
“I listen . . .”
The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, was recently interviewed on 60 Minutes, discussing his efforts since becoming Archbishop to address the sexual abuse ...
Order More Millstones...
Brentwood Academy is an elite, non-denominational Christian, college prep school in a Nashville suburb. A civil lawsuit has been filed by a mother on behalf of ...
Do Not Harm My Anointed
by Rabbi Mark Dratch
Dear Pope: It's Me Again
Dear Pope: It’s been a while since I wrote to you. Like many people around the world, I’ve been watching your tenure closely, particularly regarding the ...
A Celebration and an Update
This month, there was a celebration in Malicounda Bambara, Senegal, of the 10th anniversary of the village’s public declaration to abandon female genital ...
A Measure of Justice for Survivors in Australia
In Queensland, Australia, the government has formally made restitution to individuals and families who suffered abuse as children in government- and ...
Custom of Female Genital Cutting Is No More
The 2,000-year-old, nearly universal practice of female genital cutting (FGC) in Guinea, West Africa, has been abandoned by the village of Lalya and 149 other ...
Dr. Jaime J. Romo - Faith Issues for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse - Recorded
This recorded webinar is for survivors of sexual abuse, mental health professionals, spiritual leaders, and those who wish to support survivors of childhood ...
GUEST BLOG: The Child Victims’ Act and Restoring Spiritual Wellbeing
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States, coinciding with a renewed attempt for New York legislators to ratify ...
Missing the Point...Entirely
A 14 year old child goes to her priest and tells him that an adult parishioner has been initiating sexual contact with her. She asks the priest what she should ...
News with Teeth
This week’s news that the Paterno statue has been removed from the Penn State campus, the NCAA heavily penalized Penn State with both a fine of $60 million and ...
The Truth Will Set You Free
A small news story hidden deep in the paper caught my eye. A middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with child rape. She has been placed on ...
“Let the children come to me and forbid them not . . . and let the healing begin.”
Through the eyes of three families, the documentary All God’s Children (70 minutes) www.alllgodschildrenthefilm.com tells the personal story of the first ...
Responding to Clergy Abuse of Children: Not Rocket Science, Part I
What does a pastor do when he discovers that a volunteer youth minister in his church is “sexting” a 15 year old girl in the youth group? As reported in the ...