Please join Kathy Kane and other Catholic parents in a campaign to show Cardinal Rigali the faces of the children he needs to better protect.
by Kathy Kane
Passive Philadelphian is an oxymoron. Yet the words “passivity” and “Philadelphia” have been appearing in articles on the Archdiocesan cover up. Many Catholic writers across the country have asked, “Where is the outrage? Where is the call for accountability?” I have been wondering the same.
Philadelphia is infamous for its citizens’ outspoken, sometimes even crass behavior. City council meetings have erupted into fistfights, snowballs have been thrown at Santa Claus and God help you if you’re a fan for the other team and dare to enter our sports complexes. It’s safe to say the label of “passive” is a new one to describe us.
We need to do our best to keep our children safe and protected. Everyone – whether devout, on the fence, or a fallen away Catholic – agrees on this. So what do we do? Do we put our trust in the legal authorities, victim advocate groups, the Church itself? Have we as the laity contributed to any type of reform, change or honesty within the Archdiocese?
Jamie Mason, a writer for the National Catholic Reporter, recently wrote of the passivity of the laity within the Church in regard to the clergy abuse scandal. Among the many valid points she makes, one hit me the hardest as a parent. Jamie writes, “So often we lament the lack of integrity in church authorities. But if we continue to remain immobilized by denial, weariness, or complacency, we may leave the next generation asking, where was the integrity of the laity?”
I feel real change within the Archdiocese will only come from the pressure of the legal authorities and the media. Do we sit back and hope that others are doing the best for our children? I cannot let this moment go by thinking I did nothing.
I am going to address an envelope to Cardinal Rigali and include a photo of my two children. I am going to write one simple statement. “There are real children affected by the decisions of the Archdiocese. They are the future of our Church and they deserve respect and safety.”
Will you join me? A photo, an envelope and a stamp. It’s a simple statement, which if joined by others, could make a powerful impression on the officials of the Archdiocese. These are the children they are putting at risk, these are the children they risk losing by their actions. The least I can do for my children is take a few minutes to put an envelope in a mailbox. Will you join me?
OFFICE OF CARDINAL RIGALI, 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299