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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.
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.
Archbishop Miller’s Interim Letter on Clergy Sexual Abuse
Last summer the Church was rocked by new revelations of clergy sexual abuse in the United States. These revelations have called the Archdiocese of Vancouver to examine carefully our own history and find better ways to protect vulnerable people more effectively. I am writing to you now to provide an update regarding the steps we are taking.
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.
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.
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:
- Bishop Barron on Ezekiel and the Sex Abuse Crisis
- Belief, Faith, and the Church Sex Scandal w/ Dave Rubin (starts at 21:02)
- Wise Words from the Bishop of Rome Concerning the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
- Biblical Wisdom for Troubled Times
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.
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:
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