We had a vigorous discussion at parish staff today about the issue. How can we and how should we treat the press reports, internet bites, and other news about Ireland, Germany, Brazil, Wisconsin, the pope, the NYT, and the various cheerleaders or defenders for each side.
When we talked, I was interested to learn what different constituent groups in the parish are thinking. My colleague Misty hears what the students are saying. Our priests get deluged with e-mails, some of them quite nasty (and not all from parishioners, to be sure). I realized my perspective in following the story on the net does not include the pastoral picture my brothers in the presbyterate are getting. They describe the deep insult they feel when priests are made the butt of comedy on late night tv.
If your parishes were asking for answers, what would be an appropriate response from where you are? Bulletin information? Letter to parishioners? Listening sessions? Homily? Post-Communion bit? Some combination of the above choices? Or something new?
And once you’ve decided on the means of communication, what about the message?