My Dear Friends,
Jesus is the Son of God who lived a sinless life then died for our sins, “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
God calls us to be reconciled to Him and to our community. The sins must first be confessed and sufficient penance fulfilled then, and only then through the love of God can absolution be sought.
The children, our children, God’s children need our prayers and are worthy of our love as a community of the faithful to take actions to bring healing to what is broken in our Church communities.
We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Cardinal DiNardo, bishops, priests and all those who will prayerfully make decisions to address the issues of abuse. May God give them the wisdom and courage to be the hands and voice of Jesus Christ.
We pray for the victims and their families. May God grant them the peace to heal their pain.
We pray for our Church. May we who are God’s family come together with prayers of encouragement and understanding for all who are suffering.
I ask the Community of Saint Anne to take a moment to join your prayers with mine so that together, as a community we can express our love and support to all the victims of this tragedy. In Jesus’ Name.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Al Sinasac, CSB
Pastor, Saint Anne Catholic Community
As your Pastor, I want to share with you my feelings and emotions about the scandal in the Catholic church. There have been times where I have felt very angry, betrayed, and profoundly saddened. Handling these emotions and feelings has not been an easy task. Our prayers go out to those who have experienced the anguish of abuse. We pray for victims of all forms of abuse: emotional and physical.
Reading and listening to Sacred Scripture has helped me process my emotions. A few days ago, we celebrated the Queenship of Mary. I was thinking about that brave young woman watching her Son die on the cross after experiencing days of abuse and torture. It was a horrible death. Yet, she stayed at the side of her Son. She never left Him. Even in her anger and her sadness she remained at the foot of the cross. She had faith in God’s plan, in His Mercy.
We, today, are called to remain faithful to Our Lord. It is not easy. We are experiencing difficult and trying times. We are called not to run away, but rather to stay and serve our God, to serve Our Lord just as Mary did.
In serving the Lord, we are the Church. We form the Body of Christ, all of us in our holiness, our brokenness, our frailty, and the victims of abuse.
We are the Church and the Church must continue. Don’t leave the Church. Be the Church. Lead the Church.
Saint Anne hosts many ministries and organizations that are opportunities for you to lead the Church in service to others. Be the Body of Christ. Be the Church, serving God, serving one another. Imitate Christ, by being merciful, compassionate, and forgiving
So, I ask you to reflect with me and be servants of the Lord and servants to His Church.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Al Sinasac, C.S.B.
August 1, 2018
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.
"The accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick reveal a grievous moral failure within the Church. They cause bishops anger, sadness, and shame; I know they do in me. They compel bishops to ask, as I do, what more could have been done to protect the People of God. Both the abuses themselves, and the fact that they have remained undisclosed for decades, have caused great harm to people's lives and represent grave moral failures of judgement on the part of Church leaders.
These failures raise serious questions. Why weren't these allegations of sins against chastity and human dignity disclosed when they were first brought to Church officials? Why wasn't this egregious situation addressed decades sooner and with justice? What must our seminaries do to protect the freedom to discern a priestly vocation without being subject to misuse of power?
Archbishop McCarrick will rightly face the judgement of a canonical process at the Holy See regarding the allegations against him, but there are also steps we should be taking as the Church here in the United States. Having prayed about this, I have convened the USCCB Executive Committee. This meeting was the first of many among bishops that will extend into our Administrative Committee meeting in September and our General Assembly in November. All of these discussions will be oriented toward discerning the right course of action for the USCCB. This work will take some time but allow me to stress these four points immediately.
First, I encourage my brother bishops as they stand ready in our local dioceses to respond with compassion and justice to anyone who has been sexually abused or harassed by anyone in the Church. We should do whatever we can to accompany them.
Second, I would urge anyone who has experienced sexual assault or harassment by anyone in the Church to come forward. Where the incident may rise to the level of a crime, please also contact local law enforcement.
Third, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick's conduct to the full extent of its authority; and where that authority finds its limits, the Conference will advocate with those who do have the authority. One way or the other, we are determined to find the truth in this matter.
Finally, we bishops recognize that a spiritual conversion is needed as we seek to restore the right relationship among us and with the Lord. Our Church is suffering from a crisis of sexual morality. The way forward must involve learning from past sins.
Let us pray for God's wisdom and strength for renewal as we follow St. Paul's instruction: 'Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect' (Romans 12:2)."
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The Development Department of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston processes ALL gifts of stock made to its parishes and for gifts made to the Archdiocese. Please mail or fax the completed pdf Stock Donation form (65 KB) to your broker and send a copy to: Michelle Muñoz | Development Department | Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston |PO Box 907 | Houston, TX 77001-0907 or fax to: 713.659.7640. Failure to send a copy to the Development Department may delay the distribution of your donation.
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