The second grand jury report underscores the need for change within the Catholic Church. Before some folks start screaming leftist radical Church destroyer at me, let me explain what I mean and don’t mean by change.
I don’t mean to change doctrine.
We need to change the way Church leaders deal with the laity on important issues. We need to create a system of meaningful communication between the laity and Bishops.
Around the world, millions of Catholics are outraged by the handling of sex abuse cases involving clergy. How do we make our voices heard? How do we demand action? What is our recourse?
I don’t want to stop putting money in the collection basket. While it might hurt the archdiocese, it would also hurt my parish and those closest to me. I believe in supporting the services it provides. I don’t want to pull my children from their school. I believe in Catholic education. And I don’t want to walk away from my faith. I believe in God.
Is this what the Church leadership is counting on? If so, they should read the comments on this site. Others are not as torn. And I don’t judge anyone’s reaction to this complicated situation. I can understand them all. We need to hear each other.
There is no “Comment, please” box in the back of Church. Too many letters to the archdiocese have gone unanswered and too many meaningless letters from the Cardinal have been read. Time and time again I hear from all of you, “They just don’t get it.”
In Catholic school, we had to raise our hand if we wanted to speak. Then, you waited to be called on. By this point, I think we’ve all realized the Cardinal isn’t calling on us.
That’s why I created this site – to give everyone a place to speak out. And boy have you! I’m amazed and affirmed. To think a few short weeks ago I thought I was alone in my anger. We’ve begun the conversation; now let’s find the solution.
Join us in the first step. Meet me on Friday, April 1st at noon in front of the Archdiocesan administration building at 222 North 17th Street, Philadelphia. Create signs and invite friends. I’ll have extra signs, too. As advocates for all laity, Catholics4Change will join and support the victims advocacy groups that regularly hold vigil there.
I know this is difficult for some, but it’s time to protect our children and the future of the Church. This will be my first protest, but probably not my last.