In the shadow
Father John Schmeidler
Father John Schmeidler of St. John the Evangelist in Lawrence talks about how the sexual abuse scandal has changed ministry in the Catholic Church.
Andrew Strobl, a Catholic priest serving in Olathe, trained to become a priest in the shadow of the sexual abuse scandal that shook the church a decade ago.
When children are raped, sodomized, fondled or forced to touch the genitals of an adult, especially a trusted adult such as a priest, a family member or a friend, the trauma sears their brains like a red-hot iron. The effects of the trauma tumble through their lives, and often result in chronic illness, including diabetes and heart disease, that appears when they are adults.
The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has trained nearly 25,000 people in ways to spot and prevent sexual abuse within the church and the larger community.