We come now to the sixth and final column of this series addressing the recent scandals that have so hurt the Church.
Having already addressed certain aspects of the scandals that have so hurt the Church over recent decades, I wish now to consider the question of what can be done.
The “Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante” campaign gives parishes the opportunity to meet the immediate needs of their community while joining with the rest of the diocese to build up the body of Christ through the work of discipleship and evangelization.
In this series, I have been addressing certain aspects of the scandals that the Church has suffered over the past 70 years.
In my previous articles, I began to look at the current crisis in the Church resulting from the sins of priests and bishops.
For centuries, the Church has been referred to as the “Barque of St. Peter” passing over the waters toward her heavenly destiny. It was in Peter’s boat that Jesus sat as He taught the crowds (Cf. Lk 5).
This month, I begin a new series that addresses the scandals of the Church that came to light across our nation this past summer.
In the earliest centuries of the Christian faith, the rite of Baptism with its powerful gestures, words and symbolism had a strong emphasis on conversion, a radical reorientation of one’s whole life away from sin and toward God.
Any pilgrim arriving before St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome immediately feels a sense of joy and majesty, before the immense proportions and exceptional quality of the art and architecture.
A favorite Biblical image used by the Church Fathers to describe the fragility and complexity of human life is that of a potter working with clay.