A Message to Survivors
This letter is meant to convey our unconditional support to you
and your families as you advance in your personal healing journey.
We are inspired by your courage. We are deeply grateful for your
generosity despite your profound personal loss as you reach out,
not only to each other, but to us all. You help us to understand
your experience and assist us in facing the sorrow, anger, and shame
that has become our experience in the Church.
We express our deep remorse at the mental and physical violation
you have suffered. We know that words cannot erase the injury and
insult to your human dignity. We are outraged at the betrayal by
those who lead the Church, especially those designated to care for
our young. We are filled with shame at the inadequacy of our Church's
apologetic response to the offenses against you.
We are sorry if our silence has increased your pain and suffering.
We are sorry for our ignorance, our failing to act in a timely manner
on accumulating evidence of widespread abuse, and our perceived
willingness to believe that particular incidents of sexual abuse
were exceptions. We know that whether innocent child, youth, or
vulnerable adult, you were defenseless in the face of a powerful
person and institution. We attest that the abuse of children by
priests and the cover-up by Church leadership are not only sinful
acts but also criminal offenses.
To you, the survivors of sexual abuse by priests, we pledge:
To listen to you.
To seek ways to help you.
To support recovery services for you and your families.
To advocate for criminal prosecution for the perpetrators of
abuse and those who obstructed justice in the pursuit of these
To work for reform of civil laws and Church institutions that
have contributed to the offenses against you.
NOT to interfere with your spiritual journey, but to nurture
your individual quest as you seek solace.
In all these things, we stand in solidarity with you.
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Jesus, Lord and Brother, help us with our faithfulness.
Please hear our voice, and let our voice be heard. Amen. More
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