The Embrace of the Disfigured


 There is no attempt in this space or by this writer to negate or lessen in any way the impact upon the world of Pope Francis’ embrace of a severely physically disfigured man on Wednesday at the General Audience nor to negate or lessen the immensely heavy burden that this physically disfigured man carries day in and day out.

If you are not aware of this event, here is a link to a news story:

What we have to say is simply this:

Holy Father, this is what the survivors of sexual abuse by priests and nuns look like on the inside.

Embrace their suffering.

Listen to them.

Hear them.

Know them.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC)



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