Dear brothers and sisters in Francis and Clare,
Like many of you I was shocked to hear about the sex scandals in Pennsylvania involving its Catholic clergy. My first reaction was to tuck my head in and hide... but prayer and sober thought from the Holy Spirit nixed that idea. This is a time for us to stand up, speak out, and show we are Franciscans by our actions, not words.
The following article speaks to that eloquently. The article resonates deep within me. Still I cannot speak for everyone and I am aware that many of our members will find it hard to read this article, or understand their own role in promoting clericalism. The article provokes us to reconsider our role as baptized Christians and as professed Franciscans, because it does, it is a form of examination of conscience and I encourage all of you to read it.
- May the Peace of Christ and Francis, disturb you. - Michel David,ofs, Reg Minister
National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Rosica - Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica is the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada.