See that nice man, holding the little girl’s hand? That’s the priest who abused me and thirty other children. See this friendly smile? That belongedRead more
Read stories about the broken lives of abuse victimes, and the search for healing after abuse.
There one sits in the pew, getting a good look at the inevitably genial-appearing man performing the sacraments and delivering a suitably serious yet broadly accessible sermon message, and the thought is inevitable—“So, is this one a child abuser too?”Read more
The Language of Righting Wrongs The other night at my Spanish class I saw a woman I knew, but I couldn’t remember where I’d metRead more
If you think about it, the veterans we honor this Veterans Day are actually survivors. They have come through terrific conflicts, hardships, pain, injury, devastatingRead more
Profiting off sexual abuse rings It’s time law enforcement and victims groups took a hard look at the operations surrounding sexual abuse rings. From TheRead more
It appears my reluctance to embrace the Vatican’s inclusive new stance on gays was appropriate. Just a week after the initial statement, the bishops backtracked,Read more
I, Mary Dispenza, want to fix the systems that break people I was once a broken person. Now, through this blog, I look at brokenRead more