Speaking OUT to end clergy sexual misconduct.

Dear readers, please pray with me that the bishop will share the truth at the congregational meeting this week. Here is the email I sent to him this morning.

Dear Bishop _____,
Thank you for reaching out to me last week. The news about _____’s new offenses has awakened powerful memories and emotions. It was helpful to get the news directly from you.
When we met, I urged you to disclose the fact of my complaint to the congregation. I feel strongly about this. Your continued silence prevents my full healing, leaves my reputation at the mercy of the rumor mill, and — by feeding a culture of secrecy and innuendo — makes healing harder for new victims of abuse at St. ____’s.
With this email I am giving you my permission and my urgent plea to disclose the fact that _____ received at least one substantiated complaint during his tenure at St ____’s. Especially now, the congregation deserves to know the truth.
Respectfully,
Catherine Thiemann

Comments on: "A Plea for Truth and Transparency" (5)

  1. Praying! X

  2. Marie Fortune said:

    great. i hope he hears and acts on your request/suggestion.

    blessings,

    Marie

    Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune

    Founder and Senior Analyst

    FaithTrust Institute

    Working together to end sexual & domestic violence

    2900 Eastlake Ave E., Suite 200

    Seattle, WA 98102

    206-634-1903 ext 24

    206-634-0115 fax

    http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org

    Check out my blog

    http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/blog

    ________________________________

  3. Marla McBride said:

    I am with you. marla

  4. Nicole Kanofski Photography said:

    Praying also for the right words to be spoken so that truth no longer lingers amongst smoke and mirrors.

  5. Praying. You’re brave submitting this letter.

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