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Tom Tharayil

About the Blogger

Tom Tharayil is the Director of the Office of Assistance Ministry in the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

Blog posts by Tom Tharayil

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    How Do We Minister in Times of Pain?

    The Archdiocese of Chicago recently released documents related to 30 Archdiocesan priests who have been accused of abusing minors at various times during the last half century.  The topic is stirring for Catholics who continue to attend Mass every Sunday, and for those who long for a narrative that can justify their return. The news media has covered the story with much interest, sparking much debate about how the Catholic Church has responded to the abuse.  However, a voice that is rarely heard is that of the actual victims/survivors.  How has the recent release of documents affected victim/survivors?  And how can we be of help to them?