By Pamela Walsh
Holy Week has many symbols, with the cross being one of the most powerful. Victims of clergy sexual abuse carry heavy crosses. In 2017, a group of victims and non-victims from inside and outside the church gathered and entered into a challenging dialogue resulting in a unique work entitled The Way of the Cross-Through the Voice of the Victims. It has been shared and prayed in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Regina since early 2018 and was done so on a regular basis.
Covid has of course forced us all to find other ways to reach out since in person interaction has been drastically restricted. Today, I want to draw your attention to a recorded live stream event that occurred on Friday, March 26 in the parish of St. Edmund of Canterbury Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Southwark in England. A day of prayer was held for victims/survivors of sexual abuse, using The Way of the Cross-Through the Voice of Victims. The ability to reach victims on the other side of the ocean by words written here is really a truly amazing accomplishment achieved by working together. I invite you during this Holy Week to take the time to watch the recorded event and enter into the pain of the crucifixion as experienced in the lives of many victims.
The following is the link to the recording:
Should you wish to follow along with the text you can find a downloadable option on the archdiocese website here:
Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/news/2021/03/30/archdiocese-regina-created-way-cross-through-voice-victims-prayed-st-edmund