I ask for your prayers today.
The priests of the Pembroke Diocese meet today with our Bishop, +Michael Mulhall to discuss the recent spate of sex abuse cases that have erupted in our Diocese. The event is called in large part as a result of priests calling the Diocese with concerns that the victims who brought these charges, might be re-victimized again as they process through the various criminal and civil legal actions.
+Mulhall, concerned for the welfare both of these innocents and his priests, has called this day-long meeting so that the entire body of the presbytery might be able to share their thoughts and concerns with each other, and to him. He has also arranged for the presence of the legal firm that represents the Diocese in these matters so that they also might hear these same concerns. Clearly +Mulhall wishes that he (and by extension his priests) and the lawyers will speak with one, moral & just voice in response to this crisis.
Please pray too that the Bishop might also make clear to all concerned that this has not only a legal crisis. At its root, the entire sex abuse scandal that has enveloped the whole Church (from this isolated corner of Pembroke right up to the doors of the Vatican) is one of 'fidelity'.
-Fidelity to religious vows taken in liberty,
-Fidelity to virtue,
-Fidelity to our common obligations of baptism commitments.
Any damage wrought upon the church, either spiritually or financially sprouts directly from the poisoned root of its unfaithful Church clergy. As fellow brothers in the Diocesan family of priests, the sins of a few have visited shame upon us all.
The most fundamental life lesson that my father taught me from my earliest days was that the only valuable possessions that he passed along to me, was my family name. That I, as the latest progeny, shared in the merits and virtues of my predecessors; a treasure which is measured in the respect our surname carried forward to the next generation. So too, would all suffer the stain and denigration brought on it by those who were unfaithful to this familial obligation of the ages. It may take much suffering and effort to re-burnish the name of 'Catholic', let alone the brotherhood of priests.
Please pray today or the Church of Pembroke . Please pray for her Bishop. Please pray for her priests.
Fr. Tim Moyle
Diocese of Pembroke
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