Responding to Clergy Sexual Abuse
Campus Ministry's Commitment to Addressing Clergy Sexual Abuse
The recent revelations of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, the abuse of Cardinal McCarrick, and other crises in our Church have surfaced a range of emotions for Catholics from anger to horror to shame to betrayal. The Campus Ministry staff and the Jesuit community invite members of the Loyola community into dialogue, learning, and conversation. This is a topic that needs to be discussed. We have compiled a list of resources and action items related to this issue.
On December 17, 2018, the Midwest Province released the names of Jesuits with established allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1955. An established allegation is based on the facts and circumstances where there is a reasonable certainty that the accusation is true.
In his letter, Midwest Provincial Brian Paulson, S.J., outlines the steps that the Province Review Board took in compiling the list, steps that the Province will take in 2019 to review and update the list, and how to report abuse by a Jesuit. Fr. Paulson states “The Midwest Jesuits take this step in the spirit of transparency and reconciliation.”
Dr. Rooney has responded to the release of names, and the Jesuits who lived at Loyola University Chicago. Her entire message can be found here.
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We have compiled a list of resources to further contemplation, discussion, and action.
- Letter from the Midwest Province Provincial: Fr. Brian Paulson.
- Letter from Cardinal Cupich to People of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- In 2014, the Archdiocese of Chicago released documents related to priests who were abusers and a link to a national database of priests who have sexually abused.
- America Magazine has extensive coverage of clergy sexual abuse.
- Summary of the John Jay report on clergy sexual abuse.
- 60 Minutes segment on the Diocese of Buffalo scandal.
- Dr Rooney Addresses Sexual Abuse Crisis at Faculty Convocation.
If you are feeling called to take action against this injustice, please consider any of the following steps.
- Write a letter to your local bishop. An online directory can be found here. Templates for writing letters are available from "The Siena Project" (named in honor of Catherine of Siena, "whose correspondence with Pope Gregory XI helped convince him to rectify abuses within the Church of her day"). The Siena Project has drafted a couple of templates that you may find useful as guides in crafting your responses.
- Protecting God's Children training: Would you be able to recognize the grooming behaviors that lead to child abuse? If you witnessed these behaviors, do you know how to report them and to whom? “Protecting God’s Children” is a national program that trains priests, teachers, catechists and volunteers to recognize grooming behaviors and to report them before abuse occurs. The training is free and is offered at many locations in the Chicago Archdiocese. You may search for trainings at this link.