St. Anthony Messenger's Special Issue Examines the Clergy Sex-Abuse Crisis
the clergy sex-abuse scandals broke in January of 2002, the avalanche of court
documents, cover-ups and heart-wrenching testimonies from survivors rocked the
Catholic Church to its foundation. Almost a year and a half later, the Church
is still reeling from its effects, but for many the journey of healing has
June issue of St. Anthony Messenger entitled “The Church in Crisis: Our
Search for Healing” examines the crisis from various angles. All of the
articles in this issue are staff-written. Father Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., editor,
writes a context article, giving the scope and history of the crisis.
Editor Christopher Heffron examines the healing journeys of Bobbie Sitterding
and John Vellante, two survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Assistant Editor Mary
Jo Dangel writes of Ray and Anne Higgins, parents of an abused child, for their
story. She also interviews Father Robert Silva, executive director of the
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), and Father Ted Keating, president
of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC), both of whom talk about
the need for compassion and change.
Editor John Bookser Feister examines Voice of the Faithful, an organization of
30,000 Catholic laypeople, whose motto is “Keep the Faith, Change the Church.”
Assistant Managing Editor Carol Ann Morrow writes of survivors’ advocate
Phyllis Willerscheidt and her Minnesota-based ministry to assist victims.
Editor Barbara Beckwith interviews four members of the National Review
Board: Frank Keating,
Anne M. Burke, Michael J. Bland and Pamela D. Hayes. Assistant Editor Susan
Hines-Brigger interviews Bishop Joseph Galante, coadjutor of Dallas, Texas, and
a member of the bishops’ Committee on Sexual Abuse. And Father Jack Wintz,
O.F.M., contributing editor, writes the editorial comparing the healing the
Church needs to the healing St. Francis was called to give the Church of his
The special issue represents
many factors, voices and perspectives relating to the clergy sex-abuse scandal,
yet an overriding theme is a yearning for all members of the Church to heal.
Such ways of growth and healing are discussed throughout.
After May 18, the entire special issue of this
award-winning national Catholic magazine will be posted at: AmericanCatholic.org.
Permission is granted to reprint this release.