Below is a list of helpful articles and websites that offer a truthful, faith-filled perspective on the clergy abuse crisis. We will update this list regularly. (Updated: January 18, 2019)
NEW! Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church Website: The Vatican has set up a full website of resources on the Bishops' Summit from Feb. 21-24, with the program of the meeting, articles on the crisis, Church documents, interviews, etc.
The Call to Heal: Compelling voices that call for healing, growth, and conversion
The Church Crisis and Mary: How Our Lady’s attitude can help us understand how to deal with internal controversy over scandals by Mark Miravalle
A Spiritual Approach to Division (from Father Thomas Keating)
Putting the Victim First: Practical Strategies (Nov. 14, 2018): This insightful presentation at the U.S. Bishops Meeting by a victim counselor could also be extraordinarily helpful for all Catholics who seek to make the Church a true place of healing and hope
Some Do's and Don'ts in Survivor Ministry (and for speaking with survivors) Short and practical and essential.
The Healing Voices: Talking Recovery, Faith and Reconciliation A multitude of articles and resources for dedicated Catholics who seek healing for the Church, with some resources specifically for Victim Assistance professionals, their colleagues, supervisors and local survivors. Many articles are by survivors about Healing Voices' unique ways and ideas for recovery and about our faith. This is an amazing resource offered free of charge by The Healing Voices.
What to do with doubts about the Catholic Church—Suggestions from Father Z. can help us to keep the ongoing news, sorrow, and disillusionment in perspective.
Eight lessons to help us move forward from the sex abuse crisis offers well-reasoned wisdom and advice from someone deeply affected on a very personal level.
Light in the Darkness a survivor’s description of her journey in these months and her call to the Church—and all people of good will, including the media—for compassion and hope
Healing for the Victims Is Our Way Forward Insights from international director of From Grief to Grace Ministries, which offers retreats for the healing of victims
Revolutionary Act of Reparative Love What is reparation and why is it important?
On Becoming Fire Talk given by Cardinal Thomas Collins at the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors at Scottsdale, Arizona
The Next Step Forward
A Way To Approach 2019 by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The Catholic Crisis-So Where's My Anger? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker
2018: The Year of Losing Religion This article sums up what many people are experiencing in the Church as the crisis continues to unfold, and it encourages us to keep our eyes on Christ and our faith in him.
Double Lives: The Peril of Clerical Hypocrisy by Kenneth Woodward at Commonweal and Roots of Catholic Anger by George Weigel at First Things Reading these two excellent reflections and analyses on the current abuse crisis together gives a well-rounded perspective.
Bringing Healing to a Wounded Church This insightful article that gives solid advice for a way forward for everyone in the Church.
From Father Hans Zollner Another perspective on the Church’s way forward and getting back to our Christian roots
Guidelines for an Appropriate Response to the Catholic Abuse Crisis is a thoughtful response that offers a deeper understanding of the Church amid scandal and crisis.
Pope Francis's Letter to U.S. Bishops as they start their retreat (Jan. 3, 2019)
Analysis of Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report: Not What It Seems (Jan. 14, 2019)
A frequently updated timeline of the events that have unfolded in the USA since May, 2018
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals (Actions of the Administrative Committee, released Sept. 19, 2018)
U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Statement on Course of Action Responding to Moral Failures on Part of Church Leaders
President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Renews Commitment for Greater Effectiveness and Transparency in Disciplining Bishops
Letter from Pope Francis to the People of God
Perspectives: Helps to keep a perspective of faith in faith-challenging times
Victim Counselor to U.S. Bishops: Children Have Been Betrayed (Nov. 14, 2018): Summary of an insightful presentation for the bishops that could also be extraordinarily helpful for all Catholics who seek to make the Church a true place of healing and hope
A Survivor’s Testimony at the Bishops’ Baltimore Conference: T. Pitt Green
A Survivor’s Testimony at the Bishops’ Baltimore Conference: Luis A. Torres, Jr.
Remember the Victims A thoughtful article about keeping the focus on those who have suffered.
On Carrying a Scandal Biblically by Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI in 2014 is a very helpful reflection that can help us in the midst of a wounded Church
Advice from Survivors for Fellow Catholics A practical, insightful article from survivors to the Church
Helpful Websites & Resources
Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church Website: The Vatican has set up a full website of resources on the Bishops' Summit from Feb. 21-24, with the program of the meeting, articles on the crisis, Church documents, interviews, etc.
WordonFire.org Bishop Barron has numerous articles and reflections on the clergy abuse crisis: from reflections of faith, to prayers, to thoughtful and practical steps we can take in helping to renew the Church. You can find them here: https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/bishop-barrons-resources-on-the-sexual-abuse-crisis/5879/
Healing Voices An excellent blog/ezine put together by and for survivors of clergy abuse, with numerous resources for survivors, those in Church ministry, social workers and therapists. https://thehealingvoicesnewsletter.wordpress.com
Grief to Grace Website with information on retreats facilitated by mental health professionals that are centered on Jesus Christ to help those who have endured physical, emotional, and/or spiritual abuse find healing. http://grief-to-grace-lsi.squarespace.com