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In the Aftermath of Abuse, Part 1 – Victims and Predators

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

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” ‘Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father…’ ” (Matt. 18: 10).

Each year, some six million children in the United States are sexually or physically abused.

This 6-part series will explore the emotional and spiritual ramifications of abuse, with a view toward assisting the survivors of abuse and those who care for them in dealing with its long-term effects.

Those of us who have decades of experience with abuse and its aftermath are all too familiar with these details.  But for each new generation of victims, these truths must be restated.

It must be said at the outset that children are NEVER responsible for the abuse inflicted upon them. The idea of a “bad” or “seductive” child…

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Take Heart…


“Take heart, daughter, He said, your faith has healed you.” Matthew 9:22

There was a woman that had an issue with blood. She’d been to several doctors for several years and none was able to heal her. She saw Jesus in a crowd one day and inched, shoved, and crawled through the crowd to Him just to touch the edge of His garment. She just knew that if she could touch Him that He would heal her.

We survivors may not have the issue of blood as this woman did but we are bleeding in another way. Our hearts and souls are bleeding pain from the abuse that we suffered.

Like the woman with the issue of blood spending years seeking relief through doctors, some of us have been to psychiatrists, psychologists, or counselors and yet we are still bleeding from the issues of guilt, from the issues of self blame and low self esteem, from the issues of deep shame and unforgiveness. The flashbacks keep the tears flowing and the fear we live with keeps us in our own prisons.  We’ve done all that we think we can do and yet we have found no healing for our issues.

What would have happened if the woman with the issue of blood had not crawled to the feet of Jesus? What would have happened had she not, in faith, reached out and touched Him?

I’m not saying that we should not seek the help of psychiatrists or counselors. We should. They can help, but until we come to Christ and reach out for His healing our issues will not be healed or will take many years for that peace, joy, and freedom to come.

The Lord knows our pain. He knows exactly what has happened to us and He is the only One that can dive into our inner selves and bring light to those deep seeded hurts and wounds. He is the only One that can expose the truth of the past and the effects it has left in our hearts, minds, and souls.

In my own experience, after years of counseling, and like the woman with the issue of blood, I crawled to the feet of Jesus and knew He would heal me.  The real healing did not come until I reached out to Christ and said, “Help me. Heal me. Do what You have to do.”

Unlike the woman with the issue of blood, I was not instantaneously and miraculously healed. I still had to confront the issues and with His help and His loving me through it I can now say I am healed, I am more than a conqueror, I am who Christ created me to be.



“The Narrow Road” True story – COMING SOON

Four year old Brian stands gaping at the large cement, drab gray building, and screams, “That’s not my home! Where’s my Daddy?”

Follow Brian’s courageous, heart wrenching, and grace filled story into adulthood after being “dumped” in an orphanage in 1937.

“More than a warm and inspiring story…a powerful statement of faith. I recommend The Narrow Road to all those struggling with issues of faith and trust!”

Anna Waldherr – Author, The Rose Garden


The Narrow Road – True story will soon be released.

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Pedogate: Catholic Archbishop Robert Carlson said he’s not sure it’s a crime for priest to have sex with a child

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By Dr. Eowyn

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” –Matthew 18:6

It’s bad enough that some Catholic priests are pedophiles/pederasts. It’s downright unconscionable for the Church to protect and shield the priests who had committed crimes from the judicial system.

As an example, one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of sexually abusing children during the Catholic Church’s widespread and costly sexual abuse scandal was Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was the Vatican’s papal nuncio or ambassador in Santo Domingo. In 2013 Santo Domingo police found more than 100,000 child porn videos and photos on Wesolowski’s office computer at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic. Wesolowski was also accused of raping numerous children in the Dominican Republic and Poland.

But Vatican officials secretly removed Wesolowski from his post in Santo Domingo so as to avoid criminal prosecution. It was only when reports began to circulate that the accused child rapist was free to wander the streets of Rome, which resulted in popular outrage, that the Vatican placed Weslowski under house arrest in September 2014.

Scheduled for July 11, 2015, his trial was postponed because of an “unexpected illness”. On August 27, 2015, Wesołowski was found dead in his residence from a heart attack. (See “Pope Francis’ Vatican: a cesspool of pedophiles and homosexuals“)

Here’s another example of the Catholic Church protecting criminals.

On May 23, 2014, Archbishop of St. Louis Robert Carlson was deposed as part of a civil lawsuit by a man, Doe 1, who had been sexually abused as a child by former priest Thomas Adamson at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. As Chancellor and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Carlson had handled the archdiocese’s child sex abuse cases from 1979-1994. Then-Bishop Carlson met with Thomas Adamson in 1980 about another incident of alleged child sexual abuse, in which Adamson admitted to sexually abusing the boy, yet no report was made to law enforcement.

In his deposition, Archbishop Carlson was asked if he knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a child. Incredibly, the archbishop answered:

“Um, I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not. I understand today that it’s a crime.”

When asked at what point in time he knew it was a crime for an adult or a priest to engage in sex with a child, the archbishop said, “I don’t remember”. Altogether, Archbishop Carlson responded to questions with “I don’t remember” a whopping 193 different times during the 3½-hour deposition.


Republished with permission Fellowship of the Minds


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Not Just Victims

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ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

Baking utensils, Author Pfctdayelise (CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0, and 1.0 Generic)

“And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes
On you moving.
And if they shout
Don’t let it change a thing
That you’re doing.

Hold your head up,
Hold your head up,
Hold your head up,
Hold your head high.”

–        “Hold Your Head Up”, C. White, R. Argent © Marquise Songs

A rock song from the ’70s by Argent has special relevance for abuse survivors.  Called “Hold Your Head Up” it is a reminder that we are more than just victims.

But abuse victims, by whatever name, are not known for valuing themselves highly.  To the contrary, we can barely raise our heads, let alone form a realistic view of ourselves.

The abuse to which we were subjected created a web of lies – that we were worthless, that we were undeserving of love or care. …

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Give Hope

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There are times in all of our lives that we feel that what we do is not worthwhile or significant and that no one cares. There is One who does care and regardless of what society, an individual, or even small groups of people think, we are significant in the eyes of the Almighty Lord.

I have gone through those times at various times of my life. I was insignificant in a dysfunctional family growing up. But God didn’tsee me that way! He gave me the ability to survive the atrocities that were being inflicted upon me by others. I was loved by the Great I Am!

Through the years I experienced what could be called “love” from others. Men who I thought I could be the “apple of their eye.” Only to be used as their “conquest.” I have experienced the rejection of others more times than I…

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Long Term

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We may still struggle but we have a Lord that is our Healer.

ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse

“Sad Boy”, Author Sascha Grosser (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)

A new study by the University of Utah confirms that abuse before the age of 5 can continue to have negative consequences decades later [1].

This is no surprise to abuse victims.  We know we cannot simply “snap out” of depression, anxiety, and PTSD despite the well-meaning advice of friends, family, physicians, and strangers alike.  That fact only adds to our sense of isolation.

Researchers found that:

“…those who experienced abuse or neglect early in life consistently were less successful in their social relationships and academic performance during childhood, adolescence and even during adulthood.  The effects of maltreatment did not weaken as the participants got older [2].”

The sad little boy or girl becomes the sad, lonely and/or angry man or woman.  Unfortunately, that anger is often turned inward, becoming another destructive force against which we must battle.

This has nothing…

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