Friends of the Author, Charles L. Bailey
A. W. Richard Sipe is a former Priest and Monk. Richard is an accomplished author, expert witness, and advocate for those abused by clergy. He has testified in several grand juries and allowed me to quote from one of his books in mine.
Recommended Reading List:
If you read no other book, (than mine) this is an absolute must read. Father Thomas Doyle - five masters, and a doctorate in Canon Law; Richard Sipe - former priest and monk; Patrick Wall - former priest and monk. This documents the 2000 year paper trial of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The abuse is not new or only in the US as the pope would have you believe.
Helpful Links, Support Groups
- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - www.snapnetwork.org
We are SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. We are the nation's largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious authority figures (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns and others). We are an independent and confidential organization, with no connections with the church or church officials. We are also a non-profit, certified 501 (c) (3) organization. And we are here to help.
- Educating To End Abuse - www.educatingtoendabuse.com/
"Giving Victims a Voice" - Grass-root efforts in Wichita, Kansas
Educating To End Abuse of children and adults perpetrated by religious leaders, specifically Roman Catholic "Celibate" Priests.
- Bishop's Accountability - www.bishop-accountability.org
Documenting the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church
It is a matter of public record that U.S. bishops have knowingly transferred thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses, placing fear of "scandal" ahead of the welfare of children. The bishops themselves have apologized for what they call their "mistake," but they say nothing about the crucial actions that constitute accountability.
For true "bishop accountability" to occur, two things must happen: 1) there must be a full "account" of the bishops' responsibility for the sexual abuse crisis, both individually and collectively, and 2) bishops who have caused the abuse of children and vulnerable adults must be "held accountable."
- Voice of the Faithful - www.votf.org
Keep the Faith, Change the Church
Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) arose in 2002 in response to shocking revelations in the life of the Catholic Church: widespread clerical abuse of children; silence of clergy in the face of known or suspected abuse; and the moral, governance and pastoral failures of Catholic bishops in response to abusers and survivors alike. In the face of such breaches of trust, VOTF emerged from the determination of Catholic laity to find their voice and to claim their proper role in the governance of the Church.
- Religous Groups Awareness International Network - www.regainnetwork.org
ReGAIN's mission is to outreach, unite and support those touched or adversely affected by the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi Movement. Past and present members and all those who quest for justice and truth, resolution and healing are invited to join in this endeavor.
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