Friday, August 17, 2018

Regarding the Abuse Scandals...

The recent worldwide sexual abuse reports are horrific. They have shocked and profoundly saddened the Catholic faith community.

Most especially, our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims. We, the Body of Christ, the Church, are deeply shamed by the sins and omissions that have taken place over the years. For this we are sorry and pray for forgiveness.

We pray for all those affected and wounded by this, including those who have lost their faith or their trust in the Church. We pledge to continue to work to restore trust and be instruments of God’s healing grace.

We pray also for the perpetrators, living and deceased.

Bishop Mark has issued a letter addressing the recent revelations of decades of sexual abuse in the United States (PDF), directed primarily towards pastors and other ministers.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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