Barbara Thorp is a licensed independent clinical social worker and the former director of the Pro-Life Office and Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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20 years after Boston Globe's 'Spotlight,' we need a national database of accused clergy

Despite all that has happened over 20 years, poignant questions from survivors and their families continue to hang in the air still not fully answered. Transparency, accountability, listening and simply telling the truth remain the foundation of any hope for restored trust and healing.


A Communion story: We are all 'unworthy'

Commentary: With people tentatively returning to church after months of separation, a rancorous disagreement among the U.S. bishops over something called "eucharistic coherence" is jarringly disconcerting.