BOSTON, Mass., Sept. 16, 2016 – Pundits were once again this week debating the effectiveness of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, as news spread that commission members have been speaking with new bishops and Vatican offices about child protection best practices. Voice of the Faithful believes this action is another step in the slow progress of Francis’ papacy toward dealing with the clergy sexual abuse scandal, while not yet the substantial steps needed.
Award-winning poet, playwright, actor, and clergy abuse survivor Michael Mack brings his autobiographical play to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Lynnfield, MA, Sept. 24
Dear VOTF friends,
Maybe you know that the Catholic Church's youngest saint also happens to be patron saint for victims of sexual violence—St. Maria Goretti (1890-1902) died at age 11 while fighting off a sexual assault by an adult. She is also a patron saint of forgiveness; as she lay dying of her wounds, she forgave her attacker.
VOTF recently received the following letter from an individual concerned about the diocese's lack of an active review board for assessing allegations of clergy sexual abuse: