Here to support and encourage the spiritual healing for victims/survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and their families.
HEALING WITHIN THE CHURCH, AN AUTHENTIC PARADOX
Hi, I'm Carrie Bucalo. I launched this website five years ago to try and help the Church reach out to victims of the clergy sex abuse scandal. Through many ups and downs, I think as a whole, Pope Francis and the Church have took many steps to help victims, but there is still so much to be done.
I'm particularly interested in the spiritual healing that victims need in order to live out their Catholic faith. I'd like to help victims persevere in their spiritual life, as I am a victim myself. After years of deep searching, three years as a cloistered Carmelite nun, ten years of marriage to my husband, Justin, and five kids later, I feel I'm finally on the upswing of the healing process, but it is ever ongoing. My father was recently sentenced to life in prison. Now my family is finally experiencing the justice and closure we sought all our lives. But our journey is not over. I personally suffer from faith related PTSD, which is the biggest obstacle in my spiritual life. I believe there are ways the Church can help, but first her leadership must understand the realities of those who carry this cross.
Here's what others have said about this website:
"Her whole journey is ultimately towards forgiveness (but not in an easy sappy, and therefore somehow wrong way), and therefore goes to the wound at the heart of the Church, in particular to the sexual and emotional abuse of children by priests. I am a firm believer that the world will be saved by beauty, and that stories are a form of beauty, and since few people are willing or able to tell this particular story I rejoice to pass (her website) on...Carrie hopes to make her story into a book one day and I think some publisher would be very lucky to have it"
~Heather King, Author of Shirt of Flame: A Year With Saint Theresehttp://shirtofflame.blogspot.de/2012/05/healed-by-truth-sexual-abuse-victim.html).
"Every time I reread those words of Carrie's, I am newly awed by how deeply she, in writing them, was thinking with the Church"
~Dawn Eden, Author of My Peace I Give You, Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints
"Carrie... I think you have done a fine job of showing how someone can deal with the pain of sexual abuse and be strengthened and healed by their faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church. You have used your three years as a cloistered Carmelite and your own happy marriage to write something that will be helpful to other people that have been abused. God's blessings on this project!"
~Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
WHAT IS HEALED BY TRUTH ABOUT?
This website supports the spiritual healing for victims/survivors of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and their families. The main resource provided here is The Spiritual Journey, which is like a road map for those looking to find authentic spiritual healing from God-related sexual abuse, within the Catholic Church.
I also have informative and encouraging articles on my "Articles" page, as well as special prayers for those who are looking for relative prayers to aid in the healing process. I purposely do not include any of my abuse stories or details, as I feel it is not appropriate or needed.
I welcome and love feedback. If you'd like you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've dedicated this painting to the victims/survivors of the Church. May the fruits of their healing blossom into healing for the entire Church.