In January of 2019, in response to the Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania and the revelations about Archbishop McCarrick, Immaculate Conception held three listening sessions. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, M.D., M.P.H and Ernistine Briggs-King, Ph.D and Fr. Chirs VanHaight, O.F.M. facilitated the English sessions. Margie Burton the chair of the Safe Environment Team was present as well. At the sessions many honest feelings were shared. People shared many emotions about the abuse of children that has happened in the Church and their frustration and anger at the Bishop's lack of response to the situation.
Many people who came were not familiar with the policies that have been put in place since the first revelation of clergy sexual abuse. We provided the participants with information about what is in place Safe Environment Policy and Procedures .
We have a Safe Environment Team in place at the Parish. We also explained that there is a Safe Environment Team at the parish. If you have any concerns about anything happening at our parish, you are encouraged to reach out to someone on the team. Margie Burton is the chair of the team. The other members of the team are Katushka Olave, Kathy Juranas, Jeannie Smith, Marc Moore and Patty Davis.
People at the listening sessions felt like a first step was to make people aware of what is being done and the resources that are available.
Below is information on the Diocesan website that you may find helpful.
Charter for the Protection of Children and Code of Conduct. In June of 2002, the USCCB created the Charter for Protection of Children which has a comprehensive set of procedures addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. It has been revised several times with the latest revisions in June of 2018. The Diocese of Raleigh has a Code of Conduct for Church Personnel that outlines expected behavior for all who work or volunteer in the Diocese.
Letter from the Bishop. In response to the Pennsylvania report, Bishop Zarama issued the following letter.
Update on Diocesan Efforts. Promise to Protect; Pledge to Heal: An Update on Child and Youth Protection Efforts in the Diocese of Raleigh
List of Clergy with Actionable Allegations
Victim of Clergy Abuse. If you or someone you know has been a victim of Clergy Sexual Abuse, this information may be helpful. Victim’s Assistance
New Brochure to highlight Diocesan Efforts. Promise to Heal and Protect Brochure
At the sessions we prayed the prayer below together. Let us continue to pray it asking for healing to continue.
Prayer for Wholeness and Healing. Sr. Linda Buck, CSJ
We come together broken, shaken, shattered, barely standing.
As a Church and a people we are holding tight to a reality that we are struggling to understand.
We come together as the people of God, simply together, without rank or hierarchy,
Seeking a glimpse of the Divine that is Love.
We come together to pray. Words can not utter our heart. Images constrain our mind.
God knows what is deepest in our hearts. We sit open to this understanding.
God show each of us what is needed.
We gather as the People of God, angry, distraught, called to action.
We gather seeking a unifying love that can only come from the presence of the Divine One.
Love's greatest design is for wholeness and healing. We gather as the People of God,
Called to incarnate this great design to all whom we encounter. Amen
Feel free to contact any of our Friars or staff if you would like to discuss this further.