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Child sexual abuse

Issues and Resources for GLBT Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy

By Stephen McDonnell, M.Div., M.S.W., CAC-II 
Trauma Specialist, Psychotherapist, Addictions Counselor
& former Roman Catholic parish priest

This pamphlet is designed to identify issues and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered survivors who have been sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and religious brothers and sisters and to act as a beginning and guide for healing that abuse.

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Catholic Reform Leaders Call for an Inclusive Pastoral on Marriage

At its annual fall meeting from November 16 19, 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is expected to review a new pastoral letter pertaining to marriage. In a statement to the bishops, Catholic reform leaders call upon them to create a pastoral that addresses the real needs of Catholics in the United States:

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Gay Catholics Welcome Bishops' Study on Sexual Abuse - No Link between Orientation and Abuse

 Nov. 18, 2009--During their annual meeting this week in Baltimore, the US Catholic Bishops reviewed a preliminary version of a study they commissioned on the reasons for clergy sexual abuse. The study by John Jay College of Criminal Justice researchers found that being gay had no correlation to the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the U.S. Catholic Church for decades.

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Statement of DignityUSA Board of Directors regarding child molesters serving as Dignity chapter Presiders or prayer leaders

Approved October 2004

The DignityUSA Board of Directors acknowledges that child abusers or child molesters serving as Dignity chapter Presiders or prayer leaders is a serious and multi-faceted issue and further acknowledges that this position was arrived at after much discussion, thought and prayer. The role of the DignityUSA Board of Directors is to care for and protect the entire organization. It is in this light that we make the following statement:

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