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Greetings to the Micah/IBC family,
This month John Fontana presents two articles about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Several chapter members expressed a desire to address this subject.
Both pieces were written by Jesuits. One by Richard G. Malloy, SJ gives a historical perspective. The other is entitled "Why I'm staying in the church," by Kevin O'Brien, SJ, Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Santa Clara University.
From my perspective these are timely contributions. The leadership team at my parish also felt the need to address this situation. To start the process, a listening session, conducted by a human resources professional, was held and attended by over 200 parishioners. In a civil way they expressed their anger, concern and disappointment; from their input a report was developed and forwarded to our Archbishop. Our parish is now considering the formation of a task force to make recommendations and update the community as the issue evolves.
So, I read both articles with great interest. Father Malloy's historical overview also includes his points of view. You may agree or disagree with his opinions.
Father O'Brien states his feelings as he prepared to greet graduate students in theology and ministry at the beginning of the school year. He is transparent writing, "I struggle for words to welcome them." He beautifully states reasons for staying - the Church is his home with beauty and brokenness, and is the best way for him to know Jesus Christ.
Scrutinize these articles. Feedback would be appreciated.
P.S. Last month I mentioned the book, "To Dare the Our Father." Hopefully, I will finish the read soon and will be able to provide a perspective.
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