Wednesday, November 12, 2014


This is essential, necessary, life-changing reading.  Great suffering with great love - and a reminder to me of what the next decades of living a holy life as a Catholic woman are supposed to look like (while I fail miserably at the current phase). 

I know that through these pages I have met some of you who have watched your children suffer and die with faith and love, an experience I cannot even imagine.  I am humbled. 


  1. I have seen this page is amazing how that mom is handling her situation with grace. God bless her and any mother that has to watch her own child suffer. Just like how Mary watched her son suffer...many other mothers out there are called to do the same.

  2. She is such an inspiration. I always feel like I learn so much about being a better human when. I read her posts!

  3. Hi! I'd like to start a conversation on some things that relate to being a Catholic woman. I'd like to share a list of books I would like to read, and hope that a few more interested people will join me. Thanks!

    The Catholic Labyrinth: Power, Apathy, and a Passion for Reform in the American Church, by Peter McDonough (Oxford University Press, USA July 15, 2013) 978-0199751181

    Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, by Michael D'Antonio (St. Martin's/Dunne 2013). ISBN 978-0-312-59489-3

    This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang, by Christa Brown (Foremost Press 2009). ISBN: 978-0-9818418-3-0

    Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals, by Amy Neustein (Brandeis 2009). ISBN: 978-1584656715

    Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse, by Carmine Galasso, ISBN: 978-1-904563-59-4

    Innocence Betrayed - A Dad's Story of Clergy Misconduct, A novel by H. J. Wisocki and C.J. Szajnecki. ISBN: 1-4241-8171-2

    Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse (Hardcover), by Thomas P. Doyle, A. W. R. Sipe, Patrick J. Wall, (Bonus Books, 2006) ISBN: 1566252652

    Sin, Shame, And Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Arrest of a Priest, And Cover-up in the Catholic Church, by David Yonke. (Continuum International Publishing Group 2006) ISBN: 0826417558

    Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal, by David France. (New York, Broadway Books, January 2004) ISBN: 0767914309

    Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children, by Jason Berry. (Originally Published late 1992; Paperback edition: Univ. of Illinois Press, April 2000), ISBN: 0252068122

    Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, by Boston Globe Investigative Team. (Originally Published June 2002; Paperback edition: Back Bay Press, April 2003), ISBN: 0316776750

    A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church, by Frank Bruni and Eleanor Burkett. (Originally published 1993; Paperback edition: Perennial, June 2002) ISBN: 0060522321

    Brother Tony's Boys: The Largest Case of Child Prostitution in U.S. History, by Mike Echols. (Prometheus Books, July 1996). ISBN: 1573920517

    Is Nothing Sacred?: The Story of a Pastor, the Women He Sexually Abused, and the Congregation He Nearly Destroyed, by Marie M. Fortune. (Pilgrim Press, March 1999), ISBN: 0829812709

    Justice Denied, What America Must Do to Protect its Children, by Marci Hamilton. (Cambridge University Press, April 2008) ISBN: 052188621X

    Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, by Leon J. Podles. (Crossland Press, November 2007) ISBN: 0979027993

    Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sex Abuse, by Timothy B. Lytton. (Harvard University Press, 2008) ISBN: 0674028104

    1. I think a reading group is a great idea in general, but I feel plenty opposed to sexual abuse on principle without needing to read a book to convince me (let alone a dozen). Is there any other aspect of being a Catholic woman (?) you're interested in reading about? Good luck finding people to begin a reading group.

  4. I've been following this story with awe. This woman's faith and love is a gift to us all.