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During Retreat, Awake Reflects on Growth, Plans Ahead for Future

On Sunday, June 13, the leadership of Awake Milwaukee gathered for an in-person retreat at St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Shorewood, an event that allowed Awake members to pray together, connect, and plan the organization’s work for the next six months. The Awake team has met regularly via Zoom throughout the pandemic, but this… Read more “During Retreat, Awake Reflects on Growth, Plans Ahead for Future”

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10 Things Never to Say to Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

As the daughter of a clergy abuse victim-survivor and a lay person who works for the Church, I speak often with fellow Catholics about my family’s experience with the abuse crisis. People respond to this information in a variety of ways. While certain responses are not meant to be hurtful Read more

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Courageous Conversation: Understanding Wisconsin’s Clergy Abuse Investigation

Awake’s latest Courageous Conversation offered Wisconsin Catholics insights into Attorney General Josh Kaul’s recently launched statewide investigation of sexual abuse by clergy and faith leaders.  The panelists emphasized that the investigation is likely to be difficult for members of the Church—as well as for victim-survivors. But they expressed hope that the process would create greater… Read more “Courageous Conversation: Understanding Wisconsin’s Clergy Abuse Investigation”

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks at a press conference in Madison, April 28, 2021

As Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Investigation Begins, Survivors Respond with Hope—and Reservations

When Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (pictured above) announced in Madison last week that he was launching a statewide investigation of sexual abuse by clergy and other faith leaders, he was flanked by two survivors of clergy abuse who were clearly moved by the event. “This is a pretty emotional day for me, and I… Read more “As Wisconsin Clergy Abuse Investigation Begins, Survivors Respond with Hope—and Reservations”

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Attorney General Starts Statewide Investigation of Clergy Sexual Abuse in Wisconsin

This morning Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the start of a statewide investigation of sexual abuse by religious leaders in the Catholic Church and other faith communities. The announcement came after Kaul met Monday with representatives of all five Catholic dioceses and several religious orders in Wisconsin.  “I know there are survivors, friends and… Read more “Attorney General Starts Statewide Investigation of Clergy Sexual Abuse in Wisconsin”

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Wisconsin Attorney General to Launch Investigation into Clergy Abuse

According to an article that appeared Thursday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul is preparing to launch a statewide investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The article reported that Kaul has invited representatives of Wisconsin dioceses and religious orders to a meeting Monday, April 26, to discuss the investigation. The attorney general… Read more “Wisconsin Attorney General to Launch Investigation into Clergy Abuse”

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