The Monitor | Whistleblower Priests & Nuns | May 29, 2013
We share with you this week two developments that give us hope:
1) Our new database of whistleblower priests and nuns – more than 50 remarkable individuals who chose not to stay silent about sexual abuse or its cover-up. Many have experienced retaliation in some form, from defamation to stalled careers to social isolation. We hope our preservation of their stories and photographs will raise awareness of their contributions and will help other witnesses find the courage to come forward. Read the whistleblowers' profiles.
2) The formation of Catholic Whistleblowers, the first group of priests and nuns dedicated to standing publicly with survivors and helping other Catholic church insiders who have witnessed wrongdoing. BishopAccountability.org is honored to have played a role in the emergence of this group. Last year, we contacted some of the whistleblowers we were researching and were stunned to learn that many were still shunned or marginalized by their fellow priests and nuns and church supervisors. We convened a small number of whistleblowers in conference calls last fall. The group grew and soon began meeting on its own. In January, the members decided to transition from private support to public activism, articulating a mission of service to survivors, future whistleblowers, and the church.
The New York Times broke the story of Catholic Whistleblowers last week.
Click here to see the group's website – please contact them and show your support.
The catastrophe of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been enabled by thousands of adult witnesses who saw or suspected wrongdoing but said nothing. Both Catholic Whistleblowers and our whistleblower database, we hope, will help witnesses find their voices and lead to greater protections for employees who report child sexual abuse in both civil society and the church.
Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director