What People are Saying
Clearly this is a critical moment in our Church. The need for reform, renewal, and healing in light of these terrible scandals touches every Diocese. There is a desire among the faithful for a forum using prayer and reflection on Sacred Scripture to express thoughts and feelings and begin the healing process.
Healing Our Church, by RENEW International, helps fulfill this pastoral urgency in the Church at this difficult time.
Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert
Bishop of Allentown
Healing Our Church is a godsend! People of faith are desperately in need of a way to help better understand and cope with the trauma of clerical sexual abuse in the Church. They need a path towards peace, reconciliation, forgiveness, and wholeness. This book is likely the best tool available to journey toward this much need healing. It offers not only a pathway towards healing but offers hope
Thomas Plante, Ph.D., ABPP
Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor
and professor of psychology,Santa Clara University
Healing Our Church comes along at a critical time. Parishioners need a solid reflection tool that will help them navigate the abuse crisis through discussion, faith sharing, and community with others who are hurting yet praying for change in the Church. Through this book, may we all come to a deeper personal and communal renewal to end those things which keep us from what we ought to be as the Church of Jesus Christ.
Sister Donna L. Ciangio, O.P, D.Min.
Chancellor, Archdiocese of Newark
In my experience, this six-week program is a positive first step in healing the wounds suffered by faithful Catholics. The sessions offer an opportunity for fellowship, reflection and prayer. Small groups facilitate personal sharing and honor each participant's own experience. I feel that it is a proactive way for me to acknowledge the problem, pray for all involved and for the Church at large, and hopefully strengthen my faith in the process.
A parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Church,
New Providence, New Jersey, and a member
of a pilot group for Healing Our Church.