Three women, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, shared their harrowing accounts during a Nov. 27 testimony-sharing and panel discussion in Rome, meant to raise up women's voices in the global discussion about abuse and cover-up.
GSR Today - As I meet various groups of sisters, I am always curious about the stories of their founding and why, with so many options of those long-ago founded groups, women choose to start something new.
From Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: This past Election Day demonstrated that care for the common good is in the hearts of our people. Now we have to ask ourselves — what's next?
GSR Today - Invited to address the bishops' assembly, where the sex abuse crisis dominated discussions, Sr. Teresa Maya, past president of LCWR, offered wisdom of women religious on leadership, having been "tried and tested in many ways."
Religious life in the 21st century calls us to help our church listen to the voices of women and respect their full and equal participation in all aspects of ecclesial affairs, including governance.
According to an Oct. 11 report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, children suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of nuns, priests and staffers at orphanages run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The abuse took place over decades, resulting in frequent deaths.
Rome - Sr. Sally Hodgdon said there are two nonordained religious brothers serving as full voting members of the Vatican's synod on young people, while seven sisters have nonvoting roles. "That should change."
Bishops, women religious, canon lawyers and others met Sept. 25-26 outside Chicago to help diocesan leaders understand the precipitous decline in numbers of women in religious life and what that means to the church.
Changes in church governance structures and increased inclusion of the laity, particularly women, were themes expressed Oct. 9 at a forum at Dominican University to respond to reports exposing sexual abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church.
Language is powerful in its ability to shape our perspective. How we name our reality can, to some extent, lead us to very different conclusions.
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