Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last week in my homily, I spoke about the clerical sex abuse crisis that has rocked the Church, especially in this country with the recent grand jury report in Pennsylvania and the allegations against exCardinal McCarrick, his abuse of both minors and adults, using his office as cover. These revelations are upsetting and disturbing; not only the actions of the perpetrators but also the gross failures of bishops and priests to take decisive action to end the abuse. It is certainly disheartening and may even cause us to doubt our faith. I am encouraged by the words of Peter in today’s Gospel. Faced with so many disciples leaving Him, Jesus asked the Twelve if they wanted to leave. Peter responds for them and so many of us: “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” It is our faith that Holy One of God still remains with His Church. From him, the Church receives forgiveness and sanctification. It is Jesus and His words that challenge us to change, to live holy lives and to resolve to correct wrongs. This is what we must do as a Church.
Enclosed in this bulletin is a letter from Bishop Campbell responding to this crisis. Also, here is the link to the Holy See’s website and Pope Francis’ response: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/ news/2018-08/pope-francis-letter-people-of-god-sexual-abuse.html.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem