The body of Christ has been gravely wounded. Catholics throughout the United States, and across the globe, have felt the impact of twin crises: the crisis of sexual abuse and the crisis of leadership failures that covered up the abuse.
Sexual abuse survivors have been the ones most deeply affected. Additionally, as scripture reminds us, “if one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). Friends and families, parishioners, and ministers have also felt the impact. Therefore, as lay, religious, and ordained Catholics, each of us needs to be part of the solution towards recovery and reform.
United, we must address the root causes, as well as promote a new culture of leadership and a new response to abuse. The underlying conditions creating these crises were decades in the making; solving these problems will require a long-term, culture change that must begin with immediate steps, putting survivors first…
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