We share in the anger, sorrow, disgust and outrage that many are feeling in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report revealing a longstanding history of clergy sexual abuse in thestate and beyond. For those who were affected by these horrors, the latest revelations have meant suffering all over again: reliving the pain and humiliation of the past. As a Church and as leaders, we have failed to protect the innocent, those entrusted in our care.
Our hearts, prayers and support go out to all who have been impacted by these horrific abuses. But that’s not enough. We stand with Pope Francis, Cardinal Cupichand Dioceses throughout the U.S. in committing to a zero tolerance policy with regard to incidents of sexual abuse. We stand united in demanding accountability from abusers, from those who allowed abuses to occur, and in demanding objective, third party basedinvestigations to root out the truth and hold violators accountable.
To provide a true respite for those in need, we invite all to come to “The Quiet: a Reflective Prayer Experience for Healing and Peace”. These special prayer servicestouching on all types of violence will be held at Holy Family at 6PM on the last Thursday of each month beginning on August 30th and running through November 29th. Our first session on August 30th will specifically focus on those who have been impacted by issues related to clergy sexual abuse. We open our hearts and our doors to all in the Holy Family Community and beyond, not just to offer our love, empathy and support, but to provide resources, a safe haven and a place to heal.
Anyone who is struggling with this issue, who needs assistance or would just like to talk about it can also contact Fr. Terry Keehan (847-907-3415) or Fr. Richard Jakubik (847-907-3477). You can also contact the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office of Protection of Children and Youth (1-800-994-6200; protect.archchicago.org).
May all Church leaders work in unison with the laity to create a renewed environment of hope, healing, protection, and safety for children and the most vulnerable who we serve.