March 12, 2005
Dear Mathi and Jodi,
It is my honor to introduce you two who share a commitment to ending domestic violence. Jodi, Mathi is a progressive Catholic priest from South Africa here at Marquette University for 2 years to acquire even more skills and tools for his role as Media & Communications Officer Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). When I “googled” Mathibela Sebothoma I found this reference to his and his comrades work on child abuse.
Mathi, Jodi is a sociology student from UWM and my intern for a project aiming to provide a web site resource for the struggle againt violence in the home against our daughters.
It will be great for the cause when you two meet!
Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Immediate, 11 August 2004
CATHOLIC BISHOPS SAY THE SECRECY SURROUNDING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MUST BE BROKEN
Child sexual abuse thrives on secrecy. If the evil is to be eradicated, then the secrecy must be broken”, said the Bishops at the conclusion of their plenary session at Mariannhill today.
The SACBC has in place a Protocol (a policy and procedures document) to enable to investigate all allegations and has pledged itself to report every case of child sexual abuse to the civil authorities. This is in line with Church policy worldwide. Pope John Paul II has said “there is no room in the Catholic priesthood for those who would harm the young”.
It is not enough to have procedures in place if only a limited number of Christians know about those procedures.
Consequently the Bishops are publishing a pamphlet for distribution to all Catholics through local parishes. The pamphlet gives a summary of the SACBC policy and an outline of its procedures.
It calls on all its members to report every allegation.
Child abuse is a serious sin and a crime. It thrives on secrecy and this secrecy must be broken. The Church calls on society in general to break the secrecy surrounding child sexual abuse and encourages every person who hears of cases of this evil to report to the relevant authorities.
For more information
Father Vincent Brennan
Father Mathibela Sebothoma and Father Efrem Tresoldi
082 229 4614 082 325 9820
Father Mathibela Sebothoma
Media & Communications Officer
Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)
PO Box 941
Phone: 012 323 6458
Fax: 012 326 6218
Cell: 082 229 4614
Visit our website: www.sacbc.org.za