Survivor Stories: Marie Collins

Marie Collins watches as Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley speaks during a briefing in 2014. CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters

In this episode, we will share the story of Marie Collins, an Irish survivor who became an advocate for victims of sexual abuse and served on the pontifical commission for the Protection of minors at the Vatican. On March 1, 2017, Collins resigned from the pontifical commission and denounced “‘the resistance and ‘lack of cooperation’ with the commission by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (C.D.F.) and ‘some’ Vatican officials.”

If you missed our previous survivor stories, please go back and listen to our interview with the Rev. Serene Jones, who talks about why it is both difficult and necessary to listen to survivor voices. Rev. Jones is president of Union Theological Seminary, an abuse survivor herself, and author of Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World.

Links:

Abuse survivor Marie Collins: "Resistance" from CDF led to my resignation from papal commission

Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins wants Vatican summit to increase accountability

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

[Explore America’s in-depth coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.]

The latest from america

It is truly humbling to see the wave of support for those who are most in need.
Matt Malone, S.J.December 02, 2020
On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Prophet Isaiah reminds us that the church is ordained to be Christ’s hands extended to the poor, the neglected, the excluded.
Terrance KleinDecember 02, 2020
A sign of employment gains in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Donald Trump came close to re-election because so many workers are better off, writes Joseph J. Dunn. Pursuing “justice” at the expense of economic growth would be a bad bet for the Democrats.
Joseph J. DunnDecember 02, 2020
Biographer Eileen Markey said that the four women were very aware that their work could put them in harm’s way.
Molly CahillDecember 02, 2020