Below is a small excerpt from the Archbishop’s homily this past Sunday regarding the most recent report on Ireland’s Cloyne diocese and the sexual abuse of children by clergy there. I would like to initiate a conversation on this part of the Archbishop’s homily. What does it say to you? What do these words say about good people and good priests, religious and deacons in our church working and praying and serving together? Do these words inspire hope or not? I’d like to hear from you. Let’s make it happen. Looking forward to your replies. DrNick
“I thank the priests and lay persons in this diocese who have committed themselves to implementing our child safeguarding policies and I appeal to them not to be become frustrated or indifferent. The Church needs you.
The children who frequent our Churches need you. Parents need to be reassured by your presence. Public recognition is due to the mobilisation within the Church of so many volunteers who are in the front line in our parishes and organizations in child safeguarding.
Those priests who have ministered untarnished and generously over years – indeed for an entire lifetime – should not be made scapegoats and objects of hate. Priests deserve recognition for the good they do and they need the support of their people. I appeal to those priests who have become demoralised and half-hearted not to give in to cynicism but to heed the Lord’s call to renewal and conversion.
However, those in Church and State who have acted wrongly or inadequately should assume accountability.”