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July 1, 2020

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Friday July 3

Saturday July 4 

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Friday 9 am to 1 pm Eastern

Friday 3 pm to 7 pm Eastern for Asia/Pacific

Saturday 3 am to 7 am Eastern for Western Europe/Australia

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Friday July 3

Saturday July 4


Remembering a full scope of experience is the most important step in recovery for individuals – and for families. The Catholic story of clergy abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in our Church is a collective of stories from millions of individuals from when they first saw and heard about clergy abuse and then responded to what they saw and heard. Most stories remain unspoken. Many experiences are not yet incorporated into the full Catholic story. The purpose of this Spirit Fire Global Broadcast on Abuse and Faith is to create a baseline of facts and lasting oral history, starting with an emphasis on stories and aiming to establish a fuller groundwork for our remembering – and healing. So, it is with individual stories we begin our broadcast. Our guests sharing their stories include survivors, families, clinicians and physicians, educators, child and other ministers, clergy and religious, and media, publishers, writers.

Friday July 10

Saturday July 11

The Global & Cultural Context for Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church

Join us for a tour of the globe to see top hot spots in the plight of children, and how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child relates to United States law. This tour highlights the global context in which every organization struggles to advance the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse. Here, the Church Universal encounters every culture on the planet, careful not to re-wound while evangelizing where whole cultures remember the brutality of colonizers. What is the Church doing now to promote child protection and to offer care to survivors?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

A World Tour: The State of Child Safety Around the World 2020

Promoting Child Safety in the Universal Church with Global Reach

Review of Some Initiatives

Survivors in Healing the World Church

Survivor Discussion

Wrap Up

Friday July 17

Saturday July 18

The Multicultural Factors of Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church

We look at how, even as the United States has benefited for centuries as a destination for immigrants, immigrants arrived wounded the tumult and wars that drove them from their homes. How might that have been a factor in the abuse scandals? Close to home, too, as the federal and state governments expanded claims on land, they brought society that dominated original cultures brutally. How has that added the dimension of suffering – and healing – to what followed? What are the insights to be drawn from the multicultural factors that are part of a forward-moving recovery for the Church?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Multilingual Settings 

First-Person Stories of Generational Abuse

Trauma & Immigration: Comparing Three Demographics, 1880 & 1990

Black & Native Americans in the U.S. Catholic Church

Hispanics in the U.S. Church

Suffering & Healing in Northern Alaska

Wrap Up

Friday July 24

Saturday July 25

The History of Abuse by Clergy in the Catholic Church 

Hear the historical narrative of abuse within the Catholic Church over centuries, and see how in the later twentieth century the range of cultural and legal challenges begin to confront the established social and institutional fabric conducive to protecting abusers and their enablers. What are the lessons learned here that can help to restore the sanctuary of the Church again?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

The History of Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church
Timeline of Studies & Cases

People Who Were There at the Beginning

Survivor Memories of Church Encounters Across Decades

Wrap Up

Friday July 31

Saturday August 1

In the Spotlight: What We Knew, Know Now, and Still Do Not Know

This is a study of the studies. How did we come to understand the reality of child sexual abuse, and more broadly the abuse of vulnerable people? What studies were done before and as a result of the growing awareness of abuse within the U.S. Church? These studies have left a lasting mark on how many people understand the Catholic abuse scandal. How have they helped? And, not? What do we need to know, reviewing the studies then and since that time, to understand what happened in the Church and what needs (and does not need) reform? 


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Trends & Incidence of Abuse of Minors Since World War II 

The Story of Abuse Coming into the Spotlight

Clergy-Abuse Survivors Remember

A Lay Person Remembers

A Priest Remembers

Wrap Up

Friday August 7

Saturday August 8
Keep Kids Safe, Protect Vulnerable Adults

Protecting minors and vulnerable adults who are in danger now is the priority topic for any discussion of sexual abuse that has occurred in the U.S. Catholic Church. Protecting children, teens, and vulnerable adults from these contemporary dangers is the first work of any review of keeping them safe in the United States, within the Church and beyond. Learn signs of (and protections from) to online and local dangers of sexual abuse and phenomenon like sextortion. Understand special care needed high-risk groups, such as the disabled child or the sexually-questioning teen. Here are age-appropriate resources for how to get children and vulnerable adults involved in helping you keep them safe.


Child & Teen Safety Programs & Resources, Just Ask Prevention 

Child Protection Practices in the U.S. Church

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: Keeping Kids Safe Online

DOJ Keeping Minors and Vulnerable Adults Safe, Locally & Nationally 

One Survivor’s Life Work

Wrap Up

Friday August 14

Saturday August 15

Human Trafficking: In Your Backyard

Here is an all-in-one primer on human trafficking, because it’s crucial for you to understand that, as sexual predators have evolved in sophistication, commercial sexual predation has gone, along with most local and national economies, global. Social media and other internet venues (e.g., gaming) have brought recruiters into that world into every living room, in the palms of your children’s hands. It’s the right time to learn what human trafficking really is, to know what it looks like in real terms, and to know how to respond if you suspect trafficking might be happening – and how God is there to help. 

Opening Prayer & Welcome

Human Trafficking Care & Ministry

A Local Trafficking Disruption Program

Connecting with Survivors of Abuse on the Front Lines 

A Mother of a Trafficked Daughter Tells Her Story

A Survivor of Human Trafficking Tells Her Story of Survival and Ministry

Wrap Up

Friday August 21 

Saturday August 22

How U.S. Jurisprudence Has Improved Child Protections from Sexual Predators

Significant progress has been happening within the U.S. court and legal system for decades, promoting child protections ever more clearly as a social norm. One setting where that happened early was the U.S. Catholic Church. Legislation and the courts have left a lasting effect on how victims report and how offenders within and beyond the Church are handled. Best practices have advanced greatly, and continue to show the importance of survivors in confronting abuse and in helping all affected people heal. 


Opening Prayer & Welcome

The Progress of Child Protection in U.S. Jurisprudence 

Defining Legal Cases & the Stories They Tell of Abuse and Justice

Civil, Criminal, Canon, and Natural Laws: Which Covers What?

Diocesan Review Boards: What Are They? What Do and Don’t They Do? 

Wrap Up

Friday August 28

Saturday August 29

Sexual Predators: Profile & Behaviors

The most important – and least understood – factor in abuse is the profile of abusers. Understanding abuse and abusers is the best protection against being manipulated, or becoming an inadvertent enabler of abuse. For survivors of sexual abuse, understanding their abusers – and the setting that permitted for abuse to occur – becomes part of healing. The same is true for Catholics. Here, a profile of sexual abusers is developed by listening to a range of experts in abuser profiling.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Forensic Profiler

Sex Crimes Prosecutor

Prison Minister

Therapist Roundtable

Survivors Remember

Sex Offender Registries & Clergy Offender Lists

Religious Orders v. Diocesan Offender Monitoring

CMSM v Diocesan Monitoring (video)

Wrap Up

Friday September 4

Saturday September 5

How Psychological Views of Sexual Abuse Evolved - And Still Vary

The field of psychology is a highly dynamic expertise, ever learning more about the human mind and makeup of each person. Psychology has interpreted symptoms of sexual abuse in widely different ways over centuries. It has diagnosed the disorder of the sexual abuser (and prescribed related treatments) widely differently as well. Reviewing centuries of insights offers insight into how to confront abuse in our times and in our Church as well. What can a healed Church learn from psychology’s pathway?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

The Arc of Progress in How Psychology Understands Abuse and Abusers

Types of Therapy After Trauma or Abuse

Theology and Psychology: Are They Parallel, Overlapping, or in Opposition?

Faith-Based Recovery Models

Survivors Talk About Therapy

Wrap Up

Friday September 11 

Saturday September 12

Pathology or Evil?

Evil is the focus today. What is evil, and what is pathology? Do they overlap? Are they the same? Moral agency is not treated the same way in different areas that are all involved in confronting the abuser. What does the U.S. Church understand of the moral agency of the abuser? More so, of the evil at work in the abuse and domination of others in many different settings? 


Opening Prayer & Welcome

What is Evil? What Psychiatrists, Forensic Profilers, and Saints Have Said

Interview with an Exorcist 

Side A: Abuse as Pathology (Nature or Nurture) 

Side B: Moral Theology & Sexual Abuse 

Wrap Up

Friday September 18 

Saturday September 19

How Families Suffer Wounds from Abuse - And Find Healing

Learn about some of the many models developed to help heal families, which suffer as a whole whenever a member suffers. This is true for addictions, chronic ailments, mental illness, and abuse. The impact of trauma on a family at various stages is reviewed, along with reasons and ways different family care cultivates reconciliation. What ideas can help the Church find new ways to foster reconciliation among all members in the wake of scandals of abuse?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

The Hazelton Family Model

Bowen Family Theory

Impact of the Secret of Abuse

Ruptures When Secrets Are Broken

A Family Therapist Talks Healing Process

Family Reunification Process After Abduction

Religious Orders as Wounded Families

Having Tough Conversations

Wrap Up

Friday September 25

Saturday September 26

Vicarious Wounds, Secondary Trauma: How Families & Others Suffer, and Heal

Studies have recently shown startling impact of caring for traumatized people on first responders and, for example, teachers at schools where deadly shootings have occurred. The symptoms of this secondary trauma are not everything one might guess, but reviewing the symptoms and protocols for treatment helps us all acknowledge and address both the seldom-mentioned, widespread suffering among family members of survivors of abuse and the anguish among all Catholics related to Church failures to protect and to be honest.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Secondary Trauma & Burnout in the Health Care

Survivor Stories: My Family Suffered with Me

A Family Member’s Typical Experience

When Parishes Suffer and Heal as Families

Pastoral Care & Vicarious Wounds

Wrap Up

Friday October 2

Saturday October 3
The Creativity Response: Suffering as Inspiration and Motivation

It’s time to dispel the mistaken impression that abuse victims are defined by the wounds imposed upon us. We do this by a broad-ranging survey of all the counterintuitive realities you haven’t considered, and which have yet to find their ways into pastoral care, preaching, spiritual recovery, and the healing of the Church as a family.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

What is Resilience?

What is Anti-Fragility?

Creature, Creativity, Creator

Journaling & the Great Journalists 

Artistry & Transforming Pain

Creating Healing and Sacred Places

Stained Glass Blue Grass & Other Blues Reflections

Servant Leadership & Mental Illness

The Outliers: Church Leaders & Saints Who Broke the Mold

Who are the Digital Samaritans?

Wrap Up

Friday October 9

Saturday October 10
Media & Its Role Exposing Sexual Abuse Scandals in the Roman Catholic Church

Media played a singular role exposing incidence of sexual abuse in the United States Catholic Church, and more recently has begun to do the same for trends of abuse elsewhere; e.g., the entertainment industry. With a review of media coverage of sexual abuse in the 21st century, this session focuses on struggles unique to media coverage of the Church, from Catholic news journalists reporting on the institution in which they practice their faith to observations from outside the Church regarding its particular struggle with abuse.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Spotlight: Newspaper and Movie Theater

The Boston Globe and the Movie House

#MeToo and #ChurchToo

Catholic News Reporters Talking 

From Outside Looking In: A Secular Reporter's Perspective 

Wrap Up

Friday October 16

Saturday October 17

Time to consider how we talk about abuse as a way to heal from abuse – and to heal our world. With a particularly reflective element, this session reviews facets of how words, which are the fundamental reality of evangelization, are used by different players in the horror of abuse – and how words are more important in the healing of victims, families, parishes and the Church than is commonly understood.


Lies: How Abusers Use Words

More Lies: How Enablers Believe Lies

Remembering: How Words Form Trauma and Impact

Healing Processes: How Words Change with Healing

Incarnation: How Words Bring Christ into Suffering

Relationships: Words as Relational, Even in Solitude

Pastoral Care & Preaching

Institutional Words

The Spin Doctor Game: Ended

How to Recover from a Truth Problem

Wrap Up

Friday October 23

Saturday October 24

Healing the Toxic Organization: What's Needed for Lasting Institutional Transformation?

Reforming an organization only begins with announcing principles and protocols for changing; e.g., child protection programs or pastoral outreach to victims of abuse. The real success (or failure) depends on implementation operationally -- as well as changes in each person's heart and commitment.

Beyond the grades for reforms defined and presented for the United States Catholic Church, Catholics need to understand the status of implementation in their dioceses as well as assess how well their parishes have implemented changes locally -- and consider what else they can do to be part of the solution.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

MBA Perspective: Curing Toxic Organizations, Dysfunctional Work Cultures

Industry Profile: Hospital Care Improvement Model

Industry Profile: NASA After the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

Collegial Transformations: From Conflict to Collaboration 

How Parishes Recover After Abusers Are Removed

Calling All Catholics: Self-Awareness & Growth

Wrap Up 

Friday October 30

Saturday October 31

Reforms in the Institutional U.S. Catholic Church 

Especially crucial for those who seek to reform the Church, here is a study of the reforms that have taken place in the U.S. Church. Most Catholics have no idea what has been set forth as policy or procedure, so they do not know what remains to be done. A natural impulse to demand improvements has more effect when the successes and shortcomings of the existing situation -- when 'current state' -- is delineated. This session covers the current state of child protection and pastoral support for victims of clergy abuse in the U.S. Church.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

What were Church policies and procedures before 2002?

What is The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People?

What are the Essential Norms?

What Happens When Someone Volunteers to Work in a Catholic School?

Do Religious Orders Have the Same Policies and Procedures as Dioceses?

How Have New Policies Affected a Priest's Life After the Charter?

What is the Reporting Process for Victims of Abuse?

Why is Reporting a Bishop Different from Reporting a Priest?

Survivors & Priests Talk

Wrap Up

Friday November 6

Saturday November 7

Pastoral Care for Victims of Clergy Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church

Little is known about efforts, which vary broadly across the United States, to offer pastoral care and support for clergy-abuse victims and their families. Reasons for variations include everything from the history of a diocese to geography and regional cultures. In many cases, older litigation was closed with a restraining order prohibiting the Church from reaching out to offer the option of spiritual care. Here are conversations with those in survivor ministries and offering pastoral care.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

U.S. Church Goals for Pastoral Care

The Brooklyn Experience: Survivors and Brooklyn’s Survivor Minister Speak

The Chicago Experience: Survivors and Chicago’s Survivor Minister Speak

The Los Angeles Experience: An Interview about a Long History of Spiritual Care

The Atlanta Experience: An Interview about the Leading Retreat in the U.S.

Small Dioceses at the Roundtable: Working with Survivors

Best Practices & Uncelebrated Efforts

Survivors Remember Ministers Who Helped

Wrap Up

Friday November 13

Saturday November 14

Confronting Wrongs, Resolving Disputes: Options for Victims with Abuse Allegations

Thanks to an early generation of victims with their attorneys, crucial legal precedents brought rampant abuse in the Church to light, and some additional legal battles are going to be required for additional precedent-setting cases. Yet, court cases and the adversarial interaction between victims and Church reformers takes a toll, too, from re-wounding victims to leaving victims often isolated while their families and parishes remain outside the solutions. It’s little wonder individuals, families, parishes and whole communities are floundering for peace and healing. When and how might other, alternative methods for resolving contentious legal disputes, be used as part of the litigation process or in lieu of it?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Trend 

Mediation: Definition, Purpose, & Outcomes

Restorative Justice: After Genocide

Restorative Justice: Better Outcomes in Juvenile Court

Peace Circles & Restorative Justice

ADR & Transforming Institutional Culture

ADR: By the Numbers 

Wrap Up

Friday November 20

Saturday November 21

Friendship: The Basis for Healing the United States Catholic Church

The Spirit Fire Restorative Justice Initiative is one of friendship proffered and not of programmatic steps, which are appropriate for institutional transformation. While institutional reforms must continue, the family of the Church needs healing on a relational basis -- renewing friendship. Many models for friendship exist in recovery programs and trauma-informed clinical success stories. Some of those are covered in this session, to provide insights for all survivors, families and practitioners – as well as for those who seek to support reform and well-being in the Church long term.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Peer Support in Trauma Models

Conflict & Healing in Relationships

Relationship & the Moral Good

Profile: The Impact of Friendship

Profile: The Peer Support Group

Carl Jung & Wounded Healers

Wrap Up

Friday November 27

Saturday November 28

Reconciliation: When Forgiveness Is Not Enabling

Forgiveness often marks the last step in healing for many (but not all) survivors of abuse and trauma. One primary obstacle to forgiving is misunderstanding what forgiveness does - and does not - accomplish. Join this in-person session when survivors work with a world leader, who promotes forgiveness based entirely on scientific research and data on health and well-being. Consider different pathways to forgiveness that is not enabling, to personal relief that does not suggest absolution for the abusers.


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Moral Conditions for Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Studies, Research, Models 

Exercises in Forgiveness 

Survivors on Forgiving Abusers and Failed Protectors

Forgiving God

Wrap Up

Friday December 4

Saturday December 5
Spirit Fire: Ideas for Wellness & Empowerment

Elements of personal wellness and pathways to empowerment are crucial in a life of recovery and well-being. Understanding these elements and pathways can offer a great step forward for survivors of abuse, but also for all who support them to help shift into an empowering and respectful relationship with wounded people. This is an in-person survivor session with one of Spirit Fire’s leading retreat leaders, covering a different dimension of healing from any traumatic event through self-awareness and personal strength development.

Friday December 11

Saturday December 12

Trauma-Informed Reforms: In the Physician’s Office

The impact of trauma and abuse on each person varies, but understanding the fundamental effects for most is important to appreciate the long-term, often life-long struggles victims face. How victims find – and do not find – trauma-informed care has significant impact on long-term health, because most victims will opt out of a re-wounding setting, even if it is a doctor’s office.


The Impact of Trauma on the Body and Mind

Mental Illnesses with Strong Biological Components

Blind Spots & Hard Admissions: Current Research in Medical Bias

Lessons from an NGO Crisis Hotline: Wisdom for Speaking to Victims

New Health Care Options for Victims of Violent Crime

The Spiritual Component in Medicine

Rx: Compilation of Real Survivors' Nightmare Experiences & Advice for Physicians 

Changing Psychiatric Diagnostics & Protocols

Wrap Up

Friday December 18

Saturday December 19

Faith, Spirituality, and Public Health Issues: How the U.S. Catholic Church Can Lead

Many Catholics have rejected their faith and traditions out of disgust with institutional failures and spiritual bankruptcy in the Church. This session has special meaning for those considered about this trend and also for all professionals working in areas related to public health. How considers is the Church crucial to healing individuals and parishes, as well as the broader community?


Opening Prayer & Welcome

Research into the Role of Faith in Public Health

Spirituality as Determinant in Public Health Policy

STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

Recovering After Trauma

Trauma Care Protocols

Wrap Up

Friday December 25

Saturday December 26

Leadership & Reform: The United States Catholic Church Going Forward

It’s time for new generations to take the lead. So, now, leaders through the U.S. Catholic Church have their say on their vision for the Church in the future and the potential for the Church to become a promoter of good based on its decades of work in child protection and pastoral care for victims and families after abuse.

Friday December 31

Saturday January 1

Retrospective: Can the U.S. Catholic Church Heal Herself?

Nothing is more appropriate than closing the Spirit Fire Global Broadcast on Abuse and Faith, and bringing this comprehensive review of a baseline in the U.S. Catholic Church into focus, than through a series of remarkable conversations among survivors, family members, clergy, and others. 


Conference Themes


History, World

History, World

History, World

Historical & Global Context in which Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults Took Place in the U.S. Church


Models of Care

History, World

History, World

History & Current State of How Abuse, Abusers, & Victims Viewed & Treated in Different Models of Care


Many Paradigms

History, World

Many Paradigms

Survey of Effective Paradigms in Familial, Group, & Organizational Reforms & Recovery from Dysfunction, Failure, Abuse