As relevant news and background items come to light, we will highlight them here for your reading and thought.
National Catholic Reporter Article
Parishioners at two Philadelphia-area churches organize on abuse crisis.
Pictured Left to Right: Mia Holman, Augustinian Fr. Joseph Genito, Cara Tripodi and Ann Carr
WATCH Provincial Meeting - Minutes from November 16th
WATCH (We Are The Church) is a group formed as a result of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, comprised of parishioners and clergy dedicated to collaboration in addressing the full scope of issues around the crisis, guiding the parish in ways to rectify past wrongs and working towards a just solution for all affected by it. Here is a list of the Task Forces established for the purpose of providing information and guidance:
LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Tracking legislation around the U.S. related to the rights of victims and promoting legislation that supports the prosecution of all perpetrators of sexual abuse, gathering information about legislative initiatives in PA, NJ and elsewhere, and about PA legislators’ and our US representatives’ positions on these issues.
(Contact Nancy Hopko: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assessing the needs of victims and exploring ways to meet them, considering that there may be the necessity for counseling and financial assistance, among other services.
(Contact Carol Abele: email@example.com)
PARISH FINANCIAL ACTION:
Researching applicable Canon Law to determine how Parish financial resources can be applied effectively in light of the abuse scandal, and related financial information from other Parishes, Universities and Institutions and investigating how both restricted and unrestricted funds were used by the Archdiocese in payments/settlements and other activities.
(Contact Jay Einspanier: firstname.lastname@example.org)
LAY LEADERSHIP WITHIN PARISH:
Exploring and implementing ways of including laity in leadership positions within the parish and the church at large, and working towards recognizing and empowering women within the church to be able to use their gifts to the fullest.
(Contact Mia Holman: email@example.com)
NETWORKING: Creating a heightened and sustained awareness of the sexual abuse crisis within the Church, seeking accountability and transparency from the Church hierarchy, circulating relevant resources, enlisting others in our cause, and collaborating with like-minded parishes and organizations.
(Contact Nancy Costello: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Researching structure and governance in the Catholic Church, highlighting its strengths and good works, in applying a process to propose new ways of going forward in collaboration with the hierarchy.
(Contact Steve Ramsey email@example.com)
PARISH PRAYER AND DIALOGUE:
Exploring and suggesting ways that the feelings and concerns which have arisen from the crisis can be contextualized in prayer, discussion and support groups, and other creative, artistic ways.
(Contact Anne Minicozzi: Anne.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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