Apology, Liturgy, and Mercy

I notice my former diocese (2002-08) is offering personal apologies for sex abuse and conducting prayer services on that theme through June 2016. A parish where I served is hosting the first liturgy, and Archbishop Naumann is presiding.

The Crux commentariat is typical, I think. No apology is enough. Victim advocates and protesters are merciless to the Church. Time to move on. The gesture is of no help to children.

Good liturgy can help some, but not all. As for safety of innocents, only time will tell. I think these efforts are necessary on the part of a diocese and a Church. But necessity shouldn’t imply a broad acceptance of the effort.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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