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Michigan lay group releases clergy sex abuse reader for US bishops

Monday, November 12, 2018  
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‘No More Victims’ wants bishops to address clergy sex abuse of adults in fall meetings as well as the abuse of minors

 

LANSING, Mich. — “No More Victims,” a group of laypeople located in the diocese of Lansing, MI, has prepared a sweeping collection of accounts drawn from national and local headlines concerning the clergy sexual misconduct with respect to adults. The reader, titled “What We the Laity are Reading that has Shaken us to the Core,” is 32 pages long; it includes excerpts from some of the most shattering articles published on the subject in recent months and information about additional resources. The full reader is available here,  and will be available online at nomorevictimsMI.org.

Copies of the reader have been sent to all U.S. Bishops in advance of their Fall Meeting, which begins today, Monday, Nov. 12. No More Victims hopes the bishops will regard the document as a vital resource and a tool in confronting the full problem of clergy sexual abuse in all its complexity and scope. It is not just Archbishop McCarrick who is the problem or clergy who abuse minors, but also clergy who engage in sexual misconduct with adults.

In the letter they wrote to the Bishops that accompanied the reader, No More Victims member Al Kresta writes, “As you deal with the scandal of McCarrick and abuse committed by bishops, we urge you to include in your concerns efforts to rid seminaries, dioceses and all Church institutions and structures of those who are involved in sexual misconduct with adults. We believe clergy sexual misconduct with adults is at the core of so many of the problems of the Church in the last many decades.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is currently gathered for their annual fall General Assembly, November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Waterfront Marriott. The American bishops are under intense moral pressure (and also a legal mandate in some places) to open their records and clean their houses. Laity are demanding accountability from the bishops.

The No More Victims board includes Al Kresta, broadcaster and author; Jason Negri, accountant and director of No More Victims; and Graham Lapp, survivor and advocate, among others. Janet E. Smith, moral theologian, is a consultor to the group.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with one of the board members of No More Victims, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.


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