The first response that a survivor of childhood sexual abuse receives when revealing what happened to him or her is crucial for opening the door toward healing. “I believe you.” “It is not your fault.” “I am sorry that happened to you.” Statistics tell us one out of every four girls,
As schools launch a new academic year, millions of children also are set to learn the ABC’s of child protection. In Catholic schools and parishes nationwide,safe environment training gives children the skills necessary to protect themselves from would be-offenders. Mary Jane Doerr, as
Pope Benedict XVI said the Year for Priests might have been ruined by the clerical sex abuse scandal, but instead became a “summons to purification” in the church. Concelebrating Mass June 11 with some 15,000 priests, the pope said that “the enemy,” Satan, want
News reports of the clergy sexual abuse scandal unfolding in Europe and responses in the media continue to swirl around the Church. More attention has focused on who did what and when, or who made this or that comment, than on the victims of these heinous acts.
In a series of articles published in the New York Times and reprinted locally in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, allegations have been made questioning how the Church in Europe – and Pope Benedict XVI specifically – responded to accusations of clergy sexual misconduct with minors in the
The Catholic bishops’ expert on preventing clergy abuse of minors, Teresa Kettelkamp, offered ten tips for child safely to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month. During April, child protection staff in dioceses nationwide reexamine and publicize efforts for child protection. This has been
Mike Clark, a Pittsburgh TV news anchor, and Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, have been named to the National Review Board for three-year terms beginning June 1. In addition, Stephen A. Zappala Jr., Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Count