Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the People of God
August 20, 2018
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike."
Bishop Checchio on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
August 17, 2018
My Sisters and Brothers - This week’s report released by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury following an investigation of cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in six dioceses of Pennsylvania, dating back to the 1940s was devastating. When we hear of such abuse, our hearts ache for the pain so many have suffered at the hands of those who were entrusted with their spiritual care. It is a painful and horrific chapter in our history that must never be repeated.
Fr. Hank Hilton on Pennsylvania and Wisdom
August 18 & 19, 2018
As your pastor...I encourage you to take in all the truth you can about the recently described Pennsylvania horrors and about the much larger picture. I urge you to push yourself the extra mile in trying to do four things: listen to the victims’ stories, think and speak in accurate terms, recall our church’s darker hours, and listen profoundly to today’s readings.
The victims’ stories deserve as much attention as we can manage. Reports about the numbers shock us. They also expose us to the risk of overlooking the individual stories. And it is the stories that matter most.