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Spotlight Reading List: Who is Reporting on Clergy Abuse Today?

During Awake Milwaukee’s recent Courageous Conversation about the Boston Globe Spotlight series, panelist Anne Barrett Doyle named multiple journalists currently shining a light on sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. Barrett Doyle is co-director of Bishop Accountability, an extensive archive of information about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, including survivor accounts, tens… Read more “Spotlight Reading List: Who is Reporting on Clergy Abuse Today?”

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Courageous Conversation: Panel Marks Twentieth Anniversary of Boston Globe Spotlight Stories About Clergy Abuse

The realities of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church might still be unknown without the efforts of investigative journalists. That was one of the main messages of a panel discussion hosted last week by Awake Milwaukee to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight stories on clergy abuse and cover-up in the Archdiocese… Read more “Courageous Conversation: Panel Marks Twentieth Anniversary of Boston Globe Spotlight Stories About Clergy Abuse”

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Survivors Offer Their Take on Church Changes Regarding Abuse of Adults

Last week on the blog we described two new developments in the Catholic Church, which suggest that officials are beginning to acknowledge sexual abuse of adults by clergy and other church leaders. These include changes to the Code of Canon Law, which now recognizes that adults can be harmed by priests who abuse their authority.… Read more “Survivors Offer Their Take on Church Changes Regarding Abuse of Adults”

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Is the Catholic Church Beginning to Address Abuse of Adults?

As we’ve noted on this blog many times, the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is not limited to the abuse of children. Adults can be victimized as well, a reality that the Catholic community has been slow to recognize.  The case of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick illustrates this problem: The Vatican’s own… Read more “Is the Catholic Church Beginning to Address Abuse of Adults?”

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Awake Reflects on Darkness, Light, and Hope in Advent Prayer Service

Last Friday evening the Awake community gathered for an Advent prayer service exploring both darkness and the gift of light. A recording of the service, “A Light Shines in the Darkness,” is available below. The recording is just under 30 minutes long. Some attendees gathered in person at Holy Rosary Church in Milwaukee, while many… Read more “Awake Reflects on Darkness, Light, and Hope in Advent Prayer Service”

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Holiday How-To: 10 Tips for Talking with Your Family About Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

It’s the holiday season, a common time for family gatherings—and a chance to engage loved ones in important conversations. Earlier this fall, a group of us at Awake Milwaukee began wondering about the best ways to start conversations with Catholic friends and family members about the abuse crisis in the Church. It’s a topic that… Read more “Holiday How-To: 10 Tips for Talking with Your Family About Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church”

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Called to the Foot of the Cross: Why the Catholic Church Needs a “Catechesis of Survivor Stories”

Gerard McGlone, SJ, a Jesuit priest and researcher, believes all Catholics should regularly hear the stories of people who have experienced sexual abuse in the Church.  He envisions a day when seminarians read, see, or hear the accounts of sexual abuse victim-survivors as part of their initial and ongoing formation. When leadership training for bishops… Read more “Called to the Foot of the Cross: Why the Catholic Church Needs a “Catechesis of Survivor Stories””

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Courageous Conversation: Lay Leaders Reflect on Their Role in Facing the Abuse Crisis

Last week Awake Milwaukee hosted its latest Courageous Conversation, which considered the role of lay leaders in addressing the twin crises of sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. Each of the four panelists described very different ways of using their gifts to work for healing in the Church. They shared valuable insights into… Read more “Courageous Conversation: Lay Leaders Reflect on Their Role in Facing the Abuse Crisis”

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