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Fr. Mike Schmitz – Ascension Presents

This talk is difficult for Fr. Mike to give, but sadly, it is also necessary. Since the Pennsylvania Report was released, practically every headline with the word “Catholic” in it has been about the report, which covers seventy years and gives accounts of three hundred priests who allegedly abused over one thousand minors over. Indignation is not the main message Fr. Mike wants to express here—although he feels that too. More than anything, he wants his viewers to know that now—more than ever—we need to live virtuous and holy lives and become the saints the Church needs.

Fr. Robert Barron – Word on Fire

Fr. Barron and Word on Fire comment on subjects from modern day culture.


RCAV Resources

Archbishop Miller’s Statement on the Recent Revelations of Sexual Abuse in the Church

Over the past few weeks, a number of very serious accounts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have become public. Like you, I am devastated by these accounts of profound evil.

What the victims of sexual abuse have endured has shaken me and broken my heart. I grieve for what they have suffered at the hands of their abusers and by those who betrayed their spiritual fatherhood by failing to protect those entrusted to their pastoral care.

In addition to being sexually abused, many victims were treated very poorly by authorities in the Church. The failure of Church leaders to prevent the abuse, covering it up by moving abusers around, their lack of care and concern for victims: these were grave failures and terribly wrong. We are all rightfully outraged and discouraged by these actions.

As a bishop, I am especially upset with those bishops and priests who failed to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Click here to read Archbishop Miller’s complete statement

 

Safe Environment and Reporting Serious Misconduct

Any person who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult in the parish is or has been abused must report that suspicion to the authorities and the appropriate Archbishop’s Delegate or Deputy Delegate.

Click here for contact details and Safe Environment Policies


CCCB Resources

Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation

Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation, this document of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was unanimously adopted by the Bishops of Canada on September 27 during their 2018 annual Plenary Assembly. Since then, Bishops have taken time to familiarize themselves with its contents and to consider with their diocesan/eparchial staff how to ensure its implementation in their dioceses/eparchies as well as how best to inform and educate clergy, members of religious communities and lay personnel.

Click here to read the CCCB document [PDF ]


Recommended Resources

Bishop Barron’s Resources on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Many people have asked for resources and commentary from Bishop Barron on the recent sexual abuse scandals involving Archbishop McCarrick, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò.

To address all of these scandals and suggest a way forward, Bishop Barron released a candid Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis on August 27. He also wrote an article earlier in August titled “The McCarrick Mess.”

Here are four other resources he’s produced on the Church’s sex abuse scandals over the years:

Videos

Articles

Click here to see more resources from Bishop Barron

 

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) Youth Protection

The vast majority of those who are called to ministry or ordained for service in the church live a committed effort to follow in Christ’s footsteps. It is NFCYM’s hope that the publication and integration of these practices and policies into the life of our organization will allow us all to continue to serve as a community of faith, living the love poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It is NFCYM’s expectation that each person who reads these practices and policies will accept personal responsibility for adherence to them. It is our belief that God’s goodness and grace supports this work and those called to service as our partners in ministry.

Click here to read more NFCYM practices and policies

 

Courageous Conversations to Have About the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

These resources were developed by Dr. Dobie Moser and Dr. Sean Reynolds (Mustard Seed Consultants) to assist in processing the crisis with small groups:

 

Resources from Tom East and the Center for Ministry Development

How to lead and attend to the children, youth, adults, and families that we serve:

(Click to expand each point)

Handle with prayer

The busyness of the Fall along with extra work that may be needed could be taxing our time to stay in prayer. We need this time with the Lord in prayer more than ever. Pray for victims of abuse and their families. Pray for the perpetrators of abuse. Pray for clergy. Pray for ministry leaders. Pray for all children, youth and families who are confused and disillusioned at this time. Pray for a healing of our Church. Pray for peace.

Attend to your needs and the needs of your team

When you are on an airplane they instruct you that in an emergency you should to attach your oxygen mask prior to assisting others. In this situation, take time to process your feelings and concerns about the crisis and be attentive to caring for the ministry leaders that you work with. As ministry leaders, it is critical that we take care of our needs to vent but not at the expense of those with whom we minister. We cannot burden children, youth, adults, or families with our anger, frustration, or disillusionment. When we discuss, listen, and pray with our communities we can be honest about our feelings, but we need to be centered and focused on caring for those who have been entrusted to us.

Provide a way to listen to concerns and pray this moment in your ministry

People expect us as ministry leaders to be present in this moment, to acknowledge this crisis and to provide opportunities to listen and pray. This will look different with children, youth and adults. As a ministry team, take the time to think through and provide a ministry response in your setting.

Be especially attentive to safe environment concerns

Our communities expect us to model transparency as we continue to implement the policies and processes designed to keep children, youth, and adults safe in our ministries. Parents are likely to be especially cautious and will need reassurance and patient explanation of our safe environment precautions.

Be aware as you express your love for our Catholic church and our shared faith

This is a time to provide reassurance and steadiness. During this crisis, you should be explicit in sharing your love for the Catholic Church, your faith in the Holy Spirit to guide us in this crisis, and your commitment to be part of the solutions that will lead to the continued transformation of lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. As you share your faithfulness to the Church, be aware of how people may hear your comments. We do not want to stifle the expression of our community by retreating to a limited way of understanding what it means to be faithful. This is not a time to draw a line in the sand between those who are standing with the Church and those who are “doubters”. This is not a time to be triumphal or judgmental of those who are angry about the crisis. This is a time for holy listening and sacred conversation.


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