The Archdiocese of Seattle has created an excellent website that details how it’s handling the clerical sexual abuse crisis. It should be your first stop if you’re looking for an archdiocesan response: https://protectandheal.seattlearchdiocese.org
Friends, many of you have asked for my thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next.I shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but I thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's statement just released (https://bit.ly/2od0uW5), which I wholly support.Please watch the discussion below, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.
Posted by Bishop Robert Barron on Monday, August 27, 2018
Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight–not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.(Widescreen YouTube version here >> https://youtu.be/-ani_hnN8Fs)
Posted by Bishop Robert Barron on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Below is the text of a letter Fr. Jim received from the office of the Vicar for Clergy. Please hold the countless good and holy priest of our Church in your prayers. This scandal wounds them deeply, as it does the lay faithful.
On behalf of Father Zender, I want to assure you that Archbishop Sartain, Bishop Elizondo and Bishop Mueggenborg have been prayerfully aware of how you may be feeling in these past days and weeks, especially regarding the revelations of Archbishop McCarrick, as well as the findings of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. They are likewise disheartened by these events and recognize the need among the clergy to support and encourage each other at this difficult time.
Here are some encouragements as you remain grounded in prayer and in communication with your brother priests and your respective flocks:
Media intake: I offer these links below as a reminder of the value of remaining connected to our US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Of course, there is much media coverage through various outlets, some more faithful than others. I suggest that this is a good place to remain anchored.
– Re: the recent Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania: http://usccb.org/news/2018/18-138.cfm
– US Bishops’ Statement for addressing this “Moral Catastrophe”: http://usccb.org/news/2018/18-139.cfm
– Father Zender himself wrote a very poignant article in his bulletin before his vacation, which you can find here:
Here also is a reminder of our Archdiocesan commitment to creating a Safe Environment:
– Overview of our program: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/SEP/About.aspx
– Reporting suspected abuse: http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/SEP/Reporting.aspx