Strengthened by Other Survivors

I still feel “not so good” at times, but I am feeling hopeful that the scourge of sex abuse by clergy is at last being handled responsibly.

Still Battling to Recognize the Good and Focus on the Light

For the past few years, I’ve awoken each day to the same unstated question: “Who will win today, the light or the dark?” That’s what the last few years have felt like – a pitched battle for my mind and my soul.

Abuse Survivors Will Pray for Healing

A Mass is of Hope and Healing is by no means a way to erase that fact or to avoid it. Rather, it is the most powerful way to confront it and help to correct it.

The Healing from Abuse Continues

Last year, the diocese offered its first Mass of Hope and Healing requested by survivors of sexual abuse. There was a very positive reaction on behalf of survivors, lay faithful, and clergy. Many stated how they experienced it as a grace-filled evening. This year, the second Mass of Hope and Healing will take place on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at Our Lady Queens of Martyrs Church in Forest Hills.

Prayers for Continued Hope and Healing

God has blessed me with the honor of accompanying survivors of clergy sexual abuse on their journey toward healing, and as we prepare for our second Mass of Hope and Healing, I invite all those who have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse to join us.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse

This week we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, protector of the Child Jesus and model for the Church in the protection of children.

Vatican Press: ‘Spotlight’ Is Not Anti-Catholic Film

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors told Vatican Radio many bishops had urged others to see the film and “take seriously its central message, which is that the Catholic Church can and must be transparent, just and committed to fighting abuse, and it must ensure it never happens again.”

No Change to Guidelines On Abuse, Vatican Says

A talk given to new bishops during a Vatican-sponsored course does not represent new guidelines on the Church’s response to abuse against minors by religious, a Vatican spokesman said.