This week we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, protector of the Child Jesus and model for the Church in the protection of children.
It is particularly during this time of Lent that we recognize the need for healing and forgiveness. Those in the Church who committed abuse are also in need of healing. The Church recognizes the needs of all who claim that they have been abused by a member of the clergy or lay faithful. The Lenten call to prayer and penance, especially in the celebration of the Eucharist throughout these holy days, can be an effective source of hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse. It can be a source of strength in overcoming the horrible effects of what was done to them.
As a Diocese, we do put out into the deep waters, and often murky waters, of dealing with those who have been sexually abused. We are assured, however, that the healing powers of the water that came forth from the side of Christ while He was on the cross can make us whole if we acknowledge our sinfulness and ensure the safety of those among us who are most vulnerable.
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