John Jay Report
“The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, commonly known as the John Jay Report, is a 2004 report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, based on surveys completed by the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. The initial version of the report was posted on the Internet on February 27, 2004, with corrections and revisions posted on April 16. The printed version was published in June 2004.” – description from Wikipedia
View the PDF of the John Jay Report :
Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
I. Introduction We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.
Bishop Accountability is a website created to document all the sex abuse crisis. We can not affirm that it is not without error but it contains vast resources and original documents.
Our Mission Statement
This “Calling all Catholic Bishops to Account, Repent and Reform” group was organized by lay men and women members of the Roman Catholic church who wanted to create a forum to discuss articles, statements, insights and prayers regarding the McCarrick scandal and subsequent Pennsylvania grand jury report. For many Catholics, the horrendous headlines open fresh wounds that have been festering since the 2002 Dallas Charter. The group’s purpose is to seek the truth with courage, charity and fidelity to the teachings of Christ, and to hold Bishops, priests and in fact any clergy who were responsible for crimes – or for the cover up of any crimes – accountable. Our hearts and prayers remain firm for the many good men and women of the cloth, we stand in solidarity with them. In holding our clergy accountable, we hope to contribute to the shedding of light on the darkest of corners of sin in the church, and in whatever way possible, assist in the purification of our clergy, our church and to all the broken hearts of the faithful.
Our background is such that we dislikes both censorship and blasphemy, so we wanted to provide a few guidelines as you navigate through this group. We will limit what we don’t share, but ask that while posting to this group, please reflect on the following questions:
- Is the post and/or comment faithful to the teachings of the Catholic church?
- Is the post charitable? Derogatory talk will not be tolerated and will therefore be deleted, as that is not what we are about. We must be able to separate the sinner from the sin.
- Is your post helpful to the discussion around keeping our clergy accountable (we know sadly, for example that sexual predators exist in every institution, but does your post keep to the topic of the Catholic issues at hand)?
Some additional thoughts/guidelines:
- You might disagree about some of the content posted, and that is your right; however, please keep responses civil. Most of us are trying to unpack what has happened, and as the truth unfolds, we expect that the virtues of patience and prudence, and most especially charity will be needed as we continue to try to make sense of what has happened to our church. In the end, we believe that all the faithful are striving to seek the same goal. Let’s keep that in mind.
- We recognize that there is true agony and despair even (we feel it too!), so while you should feel free to vent your hurts, please always remember the virtue of hope. “the gates of hell shall not prevail” against our Mother Church.
- We welcome ideas that involve action (locally or nationally) and are open to any ideas this group generates around forming a plan of action (more to come in the coming weeks on this point), please suggest away!
- If a thread is becoming unruly, please ask the Admins to step in (we are doing our best but are certainly not church authorities, so please keep us honest and on point).
- PLEASE PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! First and foremost, for the victims