As a child, I was among the million Catholics lining the parkway for Pope John Paul’s visit in 1979. My father propped me up on a mailbox. The sea of people was a sight to behold – one huge Catholic family. That memory is marred by what I now know as an adult about our institutional Church. It had very little regard for that “family” in so many instances around the globe and here.
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, the official itinerary for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia on September 25 and 26th does not include clergy sex abuse. What topic could be more timely or appropriate to the World Meeting of Families? What is the short-term plan for the 1,446,508 Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia whose trust has been betrayed by the institutional Church and whose children were put at risk in parishes and…
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#1 by Bill Casey on September 10, 2015 - 8:37 AM
Words matter. So do lack of words. For the Pope’s agenda not to include some substantial words, and preferably actions, in a country where there is such a horrendous record of abuse and malfeasance regarding it is a serious blunder and a furtherance of the unhealed wounds for everyone harmed by this scandal. May the Pope’s heart and other healing instincts correct this omission.