The Sexual Abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has gone on long enough.

Even after a decade of so-called reform, many bishops continue to enable a clerical culture in which children are put at risk.  Stories of abusive priests, and what seems to be the deliberate cultivation of an environment conducive to abuse, continue to shock and appall Catholics of all walks of life.  Those outside the Church may be drawing the impression that this is what the Church is and that Catholics don't care.

But Catholics do care.  And this is not what the Church is - or at least what God wants it to be.  This is not how those who call themselves Christians should behave - whether they be lay, deacons, priests or bishops.  It is scandalous and deeply offensive; it is a terrible witness, and it is crippling any true attempt to evangelize the culture at large.

And while both lay and clergy are not in a position to change the lack of faith and malfeasance in the Church that has led to this, there are at least three things we can do.

  • Praying and Fasting: making Reparations for the sins of the abusers and their enablers.

  • Living Lives of Personal HolinessIf our leaders won't lead as true Christians, pray that God give us the grace to live as such, primarily by "loving one another" (John 13:34-35), which includes reaching out to victims, to abusers, and to those who are in a position to protect potential victims and abusers.  Someone has to set a Christian example.  If priests and bishops won't do it, the laity will.

  • Always Calling for the Truth to be Revealed - Despite Resistance and Persecution.  Realize that, as Jesus told us, "The truth will set you free" (John 8:32), and that He is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).  Therefore, the more the truth comes out about abusers and their enablers, the more readily will healing come to their victims, and the more possible it will be for this rot and corruption be purged from the Body of Christ.

Not long before this project began, Pope Francis called for a day of prayer and fasting to avert a possible war between the U.S. and Syria.  Before that day, war seemed inevitable.  After that day, war was averted.

Strengthened by this confidence, as well as by the promises in Scripture concerning the efficacy of prayer (Mark 11:24 and elsewhere), and moved by an ardent love for Christ and for those among us who are most innocent and most helpless, beginning on Saturday, October 12, 2013 (the Vigil of the Worldwide Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary), we call for all believers to devote the Second Saturday of each month to Prayer, Fasting and Reparations for victims of Sexual Abuse, and for true reform in the Church.

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