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Mission Statement

We are Catholics, faithful to the Church instituted by Jesus Christ and handed down to us through apostolic succession. We affirm the teachings of the Church and our need for the grace we through the Sacraments. We are grateful for the ministry of those deacons, priests, and bishops who remain to their vocations and respond with generosity to the needs of the .

We are grieved and angered by recent revelations of abuse within the Church. Priests and bishops have perpetrated unconscionable acts of abuse against children and against their hierarchical subordinates, and have worked together to conceal that abuse and protect abusers. Such abuses do violence to the wellbeing of victims and their families, to the la, to the faithful among the clergy, to the broader Christian community, to all people, and to the body of Jesus Christ.

We note with gratitude the vocal response of our Holy Father and of some bishops and pastors to this crisis. We appreciate the efforts of our fellow to respond to these grave evils with prayer and penance, and we join in these efforts. At the same time, we are also convinced that radical changes are necessary in order to restore the confidence of the in the spiritual authority of our shepherds. The Church teaches us that reconciliation requires not merely sorrow for sin, but the expression of a firm purpose of amendment. Responses to the current crises from some quarters—including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops—have left us in doubt that the hierarchy is unified in . We see the grave physical and spiritual harms that the perpetrators and their enablers have inflicted on victim-survivors. We see our fellow Catholics leaving the Church, driven by a lack of confidence that the men who have been entrusted with our spiritual welfare will use their authority for good rather than for evil. We ourselves are shaken to the core.

Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, teaches that “the laity have the right, as do all Christians, to receive in abundance from their spiritual shepherds the spiritual goods of the Church.” It goes on to state that “are, by reason of the knowledge, competence or outstanding ability which they may enjoy, permitted and sometimes even obliged to express their opinion on those things which concern the good of the Church.” It is that we undertake our current efforts.

Motivated by love for the Church, we join together to exercise our and fulfill our duty to call our shepherds to excise the rot from the Church and to return to fidelity. We ask our pastors, our bishops, and the Holy Father to do the following:

  1. Publicly admit the grave wrongdoing that has been perpetrated by members of the clergy and perform public acts of penance. Listening to the stories of victim-survivors and understanding the impact of abuse must be central to this effort.

  2. Lay bare to secular oversight the records of abuse allegations and how they were handled in every diocese in the nation.

  3. Remove from public ministry every member of the clergy who committed abuse or acted to conceal it, and submit these men to canonical justice and to secular justice wherever applicable. Every bishop who knew of abuse and protected abusers rather than the children of God must resign and submit himself to a life of prayer and penance.

  4. Reform seminaries and other places of formation to protect young men from predation.

  5. Throw the weight of the Church’s influence behind efforts to extend statutes of limitation to provide for temporal justice wherever possible, and in every instance cease opposition to such extensions.

  6. Create structures to more fully involve in the workings of each diocese, especially with regard to sexual abuse.

We recognize that such actions would bring about substantial changes within the Church in the United States. A Church that followed such a course of action would probably be smaller, poorer, and less influential than the Church is today. uch actions would restore the confidence of the , make a start at restitution for the evils committed through the abuse of the Church’s power, and demonstrate commitment to the unity of the Church’s teachings.

We derive courage from the example of St. Catherine of Siena, who through her correspondence with Pope Gregory XI helped to bring about renewal during a time of crisis for the Church. We echo her exhortation to every deacon, priest, and bishop in our country and the Church: “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.”

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.

 

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Partner

Angeline Harris

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients large and small for nearly 20 years. She made headlines in 2010 when she secured the “Kingston Woman” rights to songwriter Helen Jones and continues to provide the same dedication to all her clients. Practicing since the first internet boom, Angeline has hands-on experience with how technology affects the creative industry. Staying ahead of the law’s frequent changes is Angeline’s sixth sense.

 

Education

ATLANTIC LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1997

IVY UNIVERSITY
B.A., Film & Music, 1994

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary

Bar Admissions

• New York, Tennessee, California

 
 

 
 
 

Partner

Spencer Ingram

Spencer focuses on the various facets of law that revolve around digital media and technology, whether that’s securing patents and trademarks for wearable tech or negotiating distribution agreements for the now prolific AZL App. Prior to co-founding Harris Ingram, he managed the tech startup accounts for Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP. Spencer has represented and advised entrepreneurs on best legal practices for their business for over 15 years.

 

Education

PIERCE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1999

WORLD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member
• Constitutional Conservation, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, Illinois, California

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.

 

Education

EMPIRE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002

NAMELESS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California