Please join the Catholic Community in making reparations for the sins of our priests, bishops and cardinals as well as our own. Let’s unite to pray for the healing of the Body of Christ, the victims, the conversion of these wicked men and a cleansing of the church. Let us also pray for all the good priests and bishops that they may resist temptation and continue to be the spiritual fathers we need.
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No words are sufficient to express the outrage and devestation surrounding the abuse in the Catholic Church.
As faithful Catholics, it’s tempting to try and minimize the evil by saying things about how it’s only a minority or this occurs in other institutions. This isn’t helpful. Even one priest committing these atrocities is too many. Even one bishop covering up abuse is too many. We shouldn’t invalidate the victims’ experiences by focusing on statistics. That isn’t a Christian attitude, and it doesn’t help the Church.
The other temptation is to stay silent altogether because we don’t want to criticize the Church. Calling out these evils isn’t criticizing the Church; it is criticizing those who have failed to live up to the promises they made to the Church.
The Church can only heal if we root out the evil that has infiltrated it.
What “crying out” looks like will be different for each person. There are absolutely actions that people can take that will vary by Diocese and Parish, but what we can all do is pray.
Pray for healing for the victims. Pray for the rot to be removed from the Church. Pray for people whose faith is shaken or who have left the Church because of these scandals. Pray for the good and holy priests who will face backlash despite their innocence. Pray in reparation for the sins. Pray for God’s mercy. Keep praying.
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Abortion concerns not just the unborn child, it concerns every one of us. The English poet, John Donne, wrote: “… any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of all human life. We saw tragic proof of this truism when the Indiana courts allowed the starvation death of “Baby Doe” in Bloomington because the child had Down’s Syndrome.
Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to—any more than the public voice arose against slavery—until the issue is clearly framed and presented.
Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right.
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She [Sr. Faustina] wrote in her diary that Jesus Himself said that He was about to destroy one of the most beautiful cities of our country like Sodom was destroyed on account of the crimes perpetrated there [Diary, entry 39]. Having read about these things in the Diary I asked her what does the prophecy mean? She answered confirming what she wrote and replying to a further question of mine, on account of what kind of sins God was going to inflict these punishments. She answered: especially for the killing of infants not yet born, the most grievous crime of all.
This special concern for the killing of unborn children fits with what St. Faustina wrote about mysterious bodily pains she experienced, which no medicines could relieve, and which she offered up to heaven, “in order to offer reparation to God for the souls murdered in the wombs of wicked mothers” ( Diary, entry 1276).
Her confessor [Fr. Sopocko] later discovered that, between the First and Second World Wars, the city of Warsaw, which as the capital of Poland, was also one of the great capitals of abortion in the world! While Sister Faustina lived and prayed, that city was spared. But hardly a year after her death, Poland was invaded, and by the time the war was over, Warsaw was almost completely destroyed [much like Sodom and Gomorrah!].
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