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Sunday night was a night for survivors. Between the film “Spotlight” winning the best picture Oscar and Lady Gaga’s heartbreakingly beautiful and moving performance of, “Till it happens to You,” the focus was on survivors of sexual abuse—in a strong and honoring way...
On January 15, the Seattle Archdiocese released the names of 77 clergy who have, in the words of Archbishop Peter J. Sartain, “admitted, established or determined to be credible,” claims of sexual abuse of a minor made against them. Will the public acknowledgement of these members of the clergy serving in Puget Sound churches and schools from the 1920s-2008, along with the Archbishop’s letter of apology, bring validation or even healing to those whose lives have been forever scarred and altered? Perhaps. . .
At the top of my 4 year-old granddaughter’s Christmas list this year is a globe. In a child’s world of here today and gone tomorrow toys, guaranteed to disappoint sooner or later, I am more than happy to indulge this Christmas wish! I am happy to provide the opportunity for my curious granddaughter to explore this amazing planet that we all share, as she holds the spinning blue world in her small hands. . .