As a victim of abuse by church personnel you may experience a crisis of faith. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory has appointed a group of priests as spiritual guides to reach out to you as you may be experiencing confusion and hurt in your relationship with the Catholic Church.
Providing Pastoral Care
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to providing spiritual and pastoral care to alleged survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Any person designated by the archbishop to assist in this pastoral process should avoid being concerned with the validity of the allegations. His or her function is strictly pastoral in nature without regard to the truth of any allegation or to the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident. The priests named below will undergo training so that they are qualified to work with survivors and those accused of sexual misconduct. Upon an allegation being made, a survivor or an alleged perpetrator may contact any priest listed, another priest or spiritual director of their choosing, or request that someone be assigned to assist them during this difficult period.
The archdiocese has created separate lists for these ministries to prevent any potential conflict of interest regarding the individual priest whom survivors would contact and those chosen to minister to alleged perpetrators. In other words, we do not wish survivors to choose spiritual directors who may be dealing with that very survivor’s alleged abuser.
Spiritual Directors for Victims
In response to this pastoral need to bring “outreach” to victims of sexual abuse, the archbishop has appointed the following priests to assist alleged victims of sexual abuse:
Monsignor Henry Gracz
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Father Peter Rau
St. Peter Chanel
11330 Woodstock Rd.
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Spiritual Directors for the Accused
In response to the pastoral need to also provide pastoral outreach to alleged perpetrators, the archbishop has appointed the following to priests to be available to assist those who have been accused of sexually abusing a child/vulnerable individual: