I want to say a word of appreciation to all of you who have shown your concern for me in recent days as the scars of 2002 have been picked at and wounds re-opened. It is always such a treasure to see how, as I wonder how much more of the news of scandal in the Church YOU all must endure, you all have your priests in your minds and hearts.
The issues of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, and the ramifications for it in others states, the seminary investigation, the questions about who-knew-what regarding now-Archbishop McCarrick are going to be around with us for some time to come. While I have touched on these issues the last few times I have preached, I cannot allow it to be the only thing I preach on. I’m sure, too, that with all the press on it, there are times when you need a break from it. I just want to mention to you that if I do not mention it in a homily, it is not because I think it is important, but there’s only so much that can be said. Please know I am always ready to talk to anyone who is finding this a difficult time to navigate their relationship with the Church in the light of all that is happening.
Let us not forget, too, to continue to pray for any victims of abuse or of any cover-up, many of whom might find the constant barrage of information difficult. If you have experienced, or if you know anyone who has experienced any kind of abuse in the Church, please contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach (OPSO). Information can be found at www.bostoncatholic.org or by calling Vivian Soper at 617-746-5995.