Ways To Cope with the
Recent Sex Abuse Scandals in the Church
Gain composure through prayer and silence. Turn off the television and radio, and put aside the newspapers.
Prayer begins when we gather ourselves -- Louis Cameli
Contemplation is a sudden gift of awareness, an awakening to the Real within all that is real. A vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being. An awareness of our contingent reality as received, as a present from God, as a free gift of love -- Thomas Merton
Gain perspective, and especially understanding by seeking accurate information, through discussion groups and respected web sites.
The principle thing is wisdom, get wisdom, and with all they getting get understanding --- Book of Proverbs
We know, not by a direct and simple vision, not at a glance, but as it were, by piecemeal and accumulation . . . by going around an object, by comparison John Henry Newman
Excellent resources may be found at on the following web sites:
If you know an abused person, or come across angry people who are venting, cease to speak; listen and open your heart to them.
Speech must die to serve that which is spoken Paul Ricoeur
There are times when quiet far outweighs the spoken word and is demanded by the moment Anonymous
Remember that priests have feelings, and hurt. Remember also that they are the first to condemn sexual abuse; dont pour out all your frustrations out on them.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness Jean Jacques Rousseau
You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot do by force Publilius Syrus written one BC
Dont forget that every Catholic is the Church; everyone of us, not just church authorities, have a responsibility to work out the solutions needed to arrive at reconciliation.
In unity there is strength Author Unknown
Reconciliation is coming to an understanding our hearts have been longing for Author Unknown