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Explainer: What Is Restorative Justice, And How Can It Help Heal the Catholic Church?

Restorative justice is often discussed as one of many tools to address the twin crises of sexual abuse and leadership failures in the Catholic Church. Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske, an expert on restorative justice practices, believes strongly that they can be key in healing the Church.  Geske (pictured above) was initially skeptical… Read more “Explainer: What Is Restorative Justice, And How Can It Help Heal the Catholic Church?”

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Courageous Conversations: First Awake Event Addresses the Harm of “Clerical Culture” in the Church

The twin crises of sexual abuse and leadership failures in the Church are fostered by an “insular clerical culture” that needs transformation, said speaker Fr. Dan Griffith during Awake Milwaukee’s first-ever Courageous Conversations event, held virtually on Thursday, December 10. A recording of the event is available here.  “If the Church doesn’t change its culture,… Read more “Courageous Conversations: First Awake Event Addresses the Harm of “Clerical Culture” in the Church”

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3 Tools that Can Help Victim-Survivors Heal

In the aftermath of sexual abuse, many victim-survivors struggle with their mental health, facing problems including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and intimacy issues. As knowledge about trauma recovery has grown, mental health experts have developed Read more

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The McCarrick Report: How Are Milwaukee Parishes Responding?

As Catholics grapple with the terrible revelations of the Vatican’s McCarrick Report, released on November 10, some Milwaukee-area parishes and pastors have made efforts to address the report publicly, acknowledging its horrifying details and the strong feelings parishioners may have in response to this news. One of the first responses was from Archbishop Jerome Listecki,… Read more “The McCarrick Report: How Are Milwaukee Parishes Responding?”

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The Vatican Releases the McCarrick Report, and Survivors Respond

Today the Vatican finally released its report on former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, once considered one of the most powerful cardinals in the United States. The document is 461 pages long, and will take time to read and digest fully, but here Awake offers some basic Read more

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