Tag: Restorative Justice

Victim-survivors share impact of clergy sexual abuse at restorative justice conference

Victim-survivors share impact of clergy sexual abuse at restorative justice conference

| January 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

For Frank Meuers, a victim of clergy sexual abuse, the impact is far-reaching and never-ending.

“It’s like a stone in a pond,” he said, “the hole disappears, but the ripple effects go on and on.”

A member of St. Joseph Parish in New Hope and director of the southwest Minnesota chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, Meuers described the anger he lived with for years – and the help he received through therapy. He shared that and more as part of a five-person panel of victim-survivors at a Jan. 23 conference organized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Restorative justice heals at the heart of hurt

Restorative justice heals at the heart of hurt

| January 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Father Dan Griffith has held the stone.

He has felt the emotional weight and lifting of that weight from holding that small stone, sharing in a healing circle his story of secondary trauma from the Church’s clergy sexual abuse crisis. And in an official capacity with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis he is helping to spread the concept of healing circles and restorative justice both in the archdiocese and beyond in hopes others impacted by the crisis — particularly victims/survivors, those directly harmed by sexual abuse in the Church — can begin to heal.

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Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

Archdiocese to hold conference for clergy abuse survivors

| January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Victim/survivors and others impacted by clergy sexual abuse are invited to a Jan. 23 conference on restorative justice and healing organized by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Archbishop Hebda, Ramsey County attorney share panel on restorative justice

Archbishop Hebda, Ramsey County attorney share panel on restorative justice

| October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A justice system that too often is adversarial can be renewed with efforts to promote healing as well as justice, panelists and a keynote speaker said Oct. 25 at a law school symposium on restorative justice in Minneapolis. The day’s last panel of presenters represented such an effort — Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Tim O’Malley of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Wiersma.

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Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

Archdiocese continues to meet Ramsey County settlement requirements

| August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Oversight is set to end early next year

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Survivor of clergy abuse to coordinate archdiocese’s outreach efforts

Survivor of clergy abuse to coordinate archdiocese’s outreach efforts

| August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Opportunities for healing in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse crisis — for victims/survivors, their families and parishioners — are growing in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. To help coordinate, publicize and organize those efforts, and to search for new avenues of healing, the archdiocese has created a new position — Outreach Coordinator for Restorative Justice and Abuse Prevention.Paula Kaempffer began work June 10.

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Where do we go from here? Restorative justice a path to healing

Where do we go from here? Restorative justice a path to healing

| Father Daniel Griffith | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many Catholics hope that the unprecedented anti-abuse summit held in Rome will usher in a sea change for the Church in its handling of clergy abuse and the attendant cover-up.

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Daughter’s murder becomes chance for restorative justice for her killer

Daughter’s murder becomes chance for restorative justice for her killer

| Mark Pattison | November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

What could have been another senseless murder in a society with too many of them already was transformed into restorative justice for the killer and healing for the victim’s parents.

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Parishes explore healing circles’ potential for restorative justice

Parishes explore healing circles’ potential for restorative justice

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Speaking from a faith perspective, Geske said the connections participants make “are very much what God calls us to do for one another, and I think the Spirit is present in each circle, because people share their true heart.”

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Catholic leaders among those calling for restorative justice

Catholic leaders among those calling for restorative justice

| Mark Pattison | June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 10-point declaration is couched in an “urgent appeal to all who follow the Lord Jesus Christ,” it said in the preamble, adding its call for “a justice system that is fair and redemptive for all.”

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

In addressing the criminal justice system, the Church has called for an approach that promotes redemption, restoration, and rehabilitation rather than simply a mechanism of punishment.8 Offenders should be held accountable for their crimes, but also given the opportunity to grow, take responsibility, and demonstrate remorse for what they have done. Greater support needs to be given to programs that prevent crime, engage at-risk youth, and treat substance abuse.

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