Ireland: The Organization Has Helped 7,000 Victims of Abuse over the Past 25 Years

Swords Today [Swords, County Dublin, Ireland]

June 15, 2021

By Scout Mitchell

We live in a world where human weakness and vulnerability destroy the Christian ideal of human relationships. The Church and the family of God are well aware of their responsibility to provide shelter or to protect their members, ”said the Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh.

Isabella Piro – Vatican News

To healing – Towards Healing ”: This is the name of a counseling and support service for victims of abuse by some of the clergy sponsored by the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the National Association of Religions and Missionaries.

The organization has been active since 1996 and has helped over 7,000 people. Archbishop Michael Router, Archbishop of Armagh, and Bishop Michael Router recalled the atmosphere of the Holy Trinity.

“We live in a world where human weakness and vulnerability destroy the Christian ideal of human relationships – the priest said – that the Church itself, God’s family, is very conscious of its tragic failure to take responsibility for the protection of its members.” In fact, “instead of reflecting the love at the heart of the Trinity, it sometimes does not conform to the values ​​it represents and claims”.

“Many people in Ireland and abroad have suffered sexual and physical abuse at the hands of clergy and religious leaders,” Archbishop Router said. They have suffered alone for a long time without being heard, recognized or helped.“

However, over the past 25 years, the Church has provided a counseling service “to heal,” which has benefited over 7,000 people. The priest explained that a service is a generic service available to survivors based on the values ​​of compassion, responsibility and hope.

To healing”, In fact,“ provides the necessary support to give survivors the opportunity to recover and rebuild their lives; It gives hope for finding healing and developing the ili energy to live life to the fullest.

“Every family that seeks to give sympathy and hope to its members is a reflection of the workings of the Trinity in their daily lives,” the Irish bishop added. An unsympathetic church does nothing but harm, alienate people and cause them to lose faith and hope.

In this regard, Archbishop Rutter’s final appeal to the Irish Church is “to draw closer to the image of the Triune God and to give life to this discourse. This openness and this love will help heal the wounds of the past and move forward together, hope.”