Mother Day's 2010
Petition Update. By making no budget provisions for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Orthodox Church, the OCA adminstration continues a policy of denying help to Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse.
We are renewing our Petition efforts to address this concern and to seek aid as a budget line item. A request was sent to the OCA Bishops and Metropolitan Council in September 2009 and denied.
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Bill Harrington, United States6 years ago Comments: After much resistance evolved Catholics finally took the lead in their religion and came to the assistance of clergy abuse victims. Prior to that they were trying to justify stories of abuse with their clergy. It seems like the same thing is happening in the Orthodox church. The challenge ahead for the faithful is to reach the point of not believing their clergy. Chances are if someone is not guilty of abusing they know someone who is and keeping silent about it out of fear of retaliation from your hierarchy. There seems to be more mysteries and silence with your religion than Catholicism. This gives power and fuel for someone to do things like abuse kids. In some cases religious symbolism is used to legitimaze the experience. It has been proven the best and most effective way to get the attention of your church is to withold money. Any money given to your church can and most likely will be used for legal defense against those that have been abused. Catholic dioceses are known to have paid millions in cases for defense only to pay a victim $20,000 for damages. If you really want to make progress vote with your checkbooks. Set up your own fund of support or give it to an organization like SNAP or Bishop Accountibility. They will hold the church's feet to the fire and force them to clean up their behavior. Otherwise you're just responding the the smoke and mirrors your clergy is presenting to you and wasting time.
Shelley Brenneman Carter, Peru6 years ago Comments: The abuse of a member of the Church, the body of Christ, is the abuse of Christ.
William Raizor, United States6 years ago
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