June 20, 2019

By Anita Carey

Jim Kotyk: ‘By the grace of God, that wound can heal’

A victim of sexual abuse in the Byzantine eparchy of Parma, Ohio shows the path to healing for victims of abuse and for the Church.

Jim Kotyk is on a mission. He wants his story of abuse, suffering and forgiveness to provide hope for other victims and encourage good priests to persevere in their vocation.

Church Militant spoke with Kotyk, who said, “I feel like God has given me a gift and I want to share that gift.”

“I hope I can help others who’ve been molested by family, teachers and clergy. It is such a horrible, horrible wound,” Kotyk said. “But with the grace of God, that wound can heal.”

He said he was given the grace of forgiveness that allowed him to reclaim his life and his relationship with God.

Kotyk hopes he can reach those who’ve walked away from the Church. He encouraged them to “take a second look, learn a little bit about what you’ve left behind.”

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