Healing, Reconciliation and Hope Task Force
In October 2018, Father Pilarz created the Task Force to address the difficult but necessary questions raised by the Grand Jury report detailing sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania and failures by Church leaders in responding to these situations.
"There is good work to be done today and together, and the work undertaken by this Task Force will remind us all never to be distracted from the fear and pain of our sisters and brothers who suffered because of the church and its leaders." Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
The task force can be reached at HRHTaskForce@scranton.edu
Wisdom * Understanding * Counsel * Fortitude * Knowledge * Piety * Fear of the Lord
- Campus Communications
- Official Crisis Related Documents
- Reporting on the Crisis
- Credibly Accused Individuals
- Support Resources
Below are University campus community communications:
- February 2019 Memo to the University from the Task Force
- December 2018 Memo from Father Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
- November 2018 Memo to the University from the Task Force
- September 2018 Mass of the Holy Spirit Homily
- August 2018 University's Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report from Father Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
Listed below are upcoming and past events sponsored by the Task Force:
The Task Force is currently preparing a series of opportunities for learning, reflecting, and praying during the 2019-20 academic year. An schedule of events will be posted here at the end of August 2019.
- Participation in the Take Back the Night pre-rally on the Dionne Green on April 25, 2019. The task force reviewed the "Ripple Effect" of clergy sexual abuse for an individual and provided a space for individuals to write note cards with messages of support for survivors.
- Dr. Christine Courtois and David P. Nolan presented Clergy Sexual Abuse & Betrayal Trauma: Facing the Harm and Facilitating Healing on April 10, 2019 in Leahy Hall, room 235 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Prayer service for the healing of victims of clergy sexual abuse: April 3. A prayer for advocates, and for our wounded Church. Communal prayer scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Fellowship luncheon of soup and bread following 12:00 p.m. prayer.
- Royal News Article regarding the prayer service
- Gathering Session: February 26, 4-5:30PM in TDC #405: A gathering to listen to, learn from and support those directly and indirectly impacted by clergy abuse.
- Staff and Faculty Roundtable
- December 5, 2018 at 12:00 noon in Brennan 509
- Electronic Feedback request distributed to students, faculty and staff. Feedback form open for period 11/27/18 - 12/7/18.
- Royal Input: November 16, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., Calling all students to discuss how the University should move forward
This tab contains links to information published by the state and church, and relevant research studies:
- Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report (July 27, 2018)
- Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, (RevisedJune 2018)
- The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 1950 - 2002, A Research Study Conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (February 2004)
- Meeting: The Protection of Minors in the Church (Vatican, February 21 - 24, 2019)
The following articles have been shared with the Task Force and we list them here for your reference and information:
- America, The Jesuit Review: Sexual Abuse
- PA Grand Jury Report: Not What It Seems (January 14, 2019)
- Wisdom in an Age of Scandal: Test Everything, Hold Fast What is Good (January 29, 2019)
Other Media Sources: (may require a subscription)
In the interest of transparency, we have provided links to lists of credibly accused individuals from entities most closely aligned with our geographic region:
- Diocese of Scranton Credibly Accused Individuals
- Statement from USA Northeast Province (January 15, 2019)
- Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus is releasing the names of Jesuits (December 17, 2018)
This tab provides information and links to various support services for survivors and others impacted by clergy abuse.
Diocese of Scranton Victim Resources: www.dioceseofscranton.org
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: https://www.rainn.org/ (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (800) 273-8255
Additional Resources for University Staff, Faculty and Students:
Students: University Counseling Center
Staff/Faculty: NexGen - Employee Assistance Program: (800) 327-2255
If you are NOT a mandated reporter: Please contact your local police or district attorney's office
If you ARE a mandated reporter: Call Pennsylvania CHILDLINE: 1-800-932-0313