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Listening to Hear

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The Catholic Church worldwide is still only in its infancy in understanding the critical role listening and hearing play in the healing and empowerment of sexual abuse survivors by Catholic clergy and religious. While the steep learning curve which many Church leaders in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia have been obliged to engage with over the past three decades is bearing fruit, there still remains a disturbing disconnect between well-crafted child safeguarding policy documents and their field application as experienced by victims, survivors, their loved ones and advocates.

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