From the

Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse

ACTION ALERT: To All Survivors of Child Sex Abuse...

Last April, the PA Attorney General’s Office established a toll-free phone number for survivors of child sex abuse (who were PA residents, or were abused by someone in PA) to call if they wanted to file a report of being sexually abused or molested as a child under 18 no matter how long ago the abuse happened or no matter who committed the abuse.
The AG’s office is asking victims from all the places/institutions and all the alleged criminals that have literally gotten away with soul murder. Hopefully, the AG’s office will be able to take further steps to expose the criminals and the criminal institutions that aided and abetted the perps.
1-888-538-8541
While your specific abuse may have happened so long ago that there is no criminal or civil charges you can file, by your identifying perps and complicit institutions now, other victims may gain the courage to come forward once they realize they were not the only one abused by their perp.  Additionally, we anticipate there are many institutions over the years that have hidden cases of child sex abuse when it happened and with the children they were supposed to be protecting. The perps and the institutions need to be held accountable for the damage that happened.

http://abolishsexabuse.org/2016/07/15/action-alert-to-all-survivors-of-child-sex-abuse/

Ready, Set, GLOW4Kids!
October 22nd
Glow Run at
Great Valley High School
225 Phoenixville Pike
Malvern, PA 19355

Light up the night with us at the Justice4PaKids 1st Annual Glow Run 5K, an event designed for people of all ages and athletic abilities!

Runners and walkers are welcome to join in for an evening filled with glow sticks, black lights, great music, games, glow in the dark face paint, and an after party Battle of the Bands sure to keep you dancing through the night.

This event is not timed, making it ideal for both experienced runners and first-time participants.

Information: justice4pakids.org 
Ready, Set, Glow!!!

- IMPORTANT -
PRESS CONFERENCE  
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20 10:30 AM



Please join us for a Press Conference with Jeff Dion of the National Center for Victims of Crime, “Spotlight’s” Phil Saviano, Eric MacLeish and Joe Crowley on Tuesday, September 20th at 10:30 am, at the Philadelphia Sheraton Downtown, 201 North 17th Street, Phila., 19103 - across from the Philadelphia Archdiocese Offices at 222 North 17th Street, Phila., 19101.

The press conference follows an earlier panel discussion about the true story behind the movie focusing on the role of the media, the importance of civil remedies and obstacles created by statutes of limitation.

Please spread the word and join us as we attempt a final push to get the original version of HB 1947 (that passed the House overwhelmingly in April) back onto the House Floor for a vote and onto the Senate for concurrence.

Rep. Mark Rozzi
126th Legislative District
111 Irvis Office Building
Harrisburg, PA  17120-2126
(717) 783-3290


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TO PROVIDE A PRAYERFUL VOICE, ATTENTIVE TO THE SPIRIT, THROUGH

WHICH THE FAITHFUL CAN ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE AND GUIDANCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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We work towards achieving our mission by pursuing three goals:

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Shape structural change within the Catholic Church

By PennLive Op-Ed
on July 05, 2016 at 1:00 PM, updated July 05, 2016 at 1:01 PM


Deep pocketed interests denied justice to church abuse survivors: Sister Maureen Paul Turlish

By Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
I have said it before and I will say it again:
Accountability and transparency for the crimes of childhood sexual abuse today and in the future absolves no one from the accountability and transparency for the sexual crimes committed against children in the past.
Deep pockets denied the rights of all those who were sexually abused as children.
Their right to access justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was denied them by groups that had much to lose; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese along with the other Pennsylvania dioceses as well as the insurance industry and  and several business lobby groups.

Mostly, however, the opposition to the retroactive measure, statute of limitation reform, was led by Archbishop Charles Chaput, by way of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference which he leads, and the heads of the Pennsylvania dioceses who dutifully follow orders.

And why? Is it money? Hardly.  

Keep in mind that about $10 million dollars has been spent defending Msgr. William Lynn.  

One can only guess at how much the public relations firm and the lobbyists from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference are costing [the church]. That will likely never be known.
Then what is it?

It's the fact that the bishops, the members of the hierarchy, will continue to do whatever they have to do, and what they have done for decades if not centuries.

And that is to do whatever it takes to protect a powerful institution and its secrets.

The safety and protection of the most vulnerable, the children, was never their priority regardless of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish is the Advocate for Victim/Survivors & Legislative Reform and a founding member of CatholicWhistleblowers.org and the National Survivor Advocates Coalition. Readers may email her at maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com.

Whistle: Fr. Tom Doyle's Steadfast Witness For Victims Of Clerical Sexual Abuse
by Robert Blair Kaiser
Available on Amazon

Chestnut Hill College College Hosts

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB,

an internationally acclaimed speaker at Sorgenti Arena,
9601 Germantown Ave., Phila. 19118
Sept. 25, 2016, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

AUTHOR OF "SCARRED BY STRUGGLE, TRANSFORMED BY HOPE"

As we look at our world, our political system, our church, our neighborhoods, our families and our own hearts, we see that we all bear the scars of struggle, past and present. Joan Chittister, OSB is prophetic and someone who speaks boldly from where she stands. Sister Joan is part of the long Benedictine tradition of one who "listens with the ear of the heart." From that sacred space, Joan will reflect on and share with us the hope that's born only through enduring the scars and embracing the struggle.

About Joan Chittister, OSB
Joan Chittister, OSB is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality - especially for women world-wide - and has been one of America's visionary spiritual voices for more than 30 years.
Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on.  Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and on the story of her own battle with life-changing disappointment, Sister Joan Chittister deftly explores the landscape of suffering and hope, considering along the way such wide-ranging topics as consumerism, technology, grief, the role of women in the Catholic Church, and the events of September 11, 2001. We struggle, she says, against change, isolation, darkness, fear, powerlessness, vulnerability, exhaustion, and scarring; and while these struggles sometimes seem insurmountable, we can emerge from them with the gifts of conversion, detachment, faith, courage, surrender, limitations, endurance, transformation, and (perhaps most important) hope. Each of these struggles and gifts is discussed in a chapter of its own.
As a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pa., Joan Chittister has focused her life's work on the development of contemporary spirituality, a redefinition and renewal of Benedictine life for seekers today, and justice for the oppressed and marginalized, particularly those in prison. Her column for the National Catholic Reporter, "From Where I Stand" is widely acclaimed. Chittister holds a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in speech communication theory from Penn State University.

Sister Catherine Nerney, SSJ, forgive@chc.edu  215-248-7099

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New Vigil Location!


The next Friday vigil is scheduled for September 9th, at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St. Phila., at 12 noon.

PLEASE JOIN US!


VOTF of Greater Phila has maintained a prayerful vigil, first at the Archdiocesan offices, now at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, at 1723 Race Street. nearly every First Friday at noon for over 9 years. We carry signs asking for more support for the survivors, financial transparency, and parish audits. We find that our presence reminds those in the building that this issue has not gone away. We stand with survivors and parents, hand out flyers, and pray together. Passersby stop and tell us their stories.


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