Author Archives: CCA Staff

Diocese of Steubenville Releases List of Priests Accused of Abuse

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia applauds the Diocese of Steubenville for changing course and releasing its self-generated list of priests accused of abuse. We continue to insist that, while this is an important step, it is not enough. An independent … Continue reading

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“Lay Involvement” in Church Investigation Does Not Guarantee Truth or Transparency

But the laypeople of “unimportant” diocese have the ability to influence the entire U.S. Catholic Church on accountability By Michael J. Iafrate What is happening in the Catholic Church in West Virginia is truly remarkable, notable and important to watch. … Continue reading

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People’s Pastoral Presented to Pope Francis

Last year, our friends at Salt + Light Media visited CCA’s home office in West Virginia to film a segment for their upcoming documentary The Francis Impact. During their visit they suggested we give them an inscribed copy of CCA’s “People’s … Continue reading

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New Resource Page on Abuse Crisis in Appalachia

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) published a statement on sex abuse in the Catholic Church following the death of SNAP founder Barbara Blaine. Part of that statement focused on sex abuse in the church in Appalachia. Since then, the release … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

An Open Letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia Catholics want “specific, achievable actions” and full investigation As the Roman Catholic Church reels from new revelations of the cover-up of clergy sexual abuse, thousands of Catholics from various corners … Continue reading

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The End of the World as We Know It: Divesting from Injustice and Reinvesting in Another Possible World

by Edward Sloane Once upon a time, the conservative political commentator Francis Fukuyama said that with the collapse of the Soviet Union we had reached the end of history. Others joined the chorus; globalization had made the world flat and … Continue reading

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CCA Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) released a Statement on Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church in November 2017 following the death of Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP. The continued relevance of our 2017 statement could not be more … Continue reading

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Catholics Conduct Prayerful Witness at Good Friday Liturgy

(Wheeling, WV) — Two Catholic activists associated with the West Virginia chapter of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA), the Catholic Worker movement, and the Women’s Ordination Conference took part in a prayerful witness action at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in … Continue reading

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CCA February Update

CCA’s February update has been sent out via email, and is also available here. Check it out for announcements regarding upcoming events like our Cherokee Retreat and day of reflection for priests, as well as updates on CCA’s relations with … Continue reading

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Happy 2nd Birthday to the People’s Pastoral!

Happy birthday to The Telling Takes Us Home which was published two years ago today! 2017 has been a year packed with continued conversations about the pastoral, and we are looking forward to sharing the document and its message in new … Continue reading

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