By Kathy Kane, Special Blogger for C4C
I want to share my thoughts on Msgr. Conway and his request for us to defer our visit. I know the back story on the plan to attend the 10:45 Mass at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer. It was very simple and suggested by two frequent site visitors. People merely wanted to attend Mass at Msgr. Conway’s parish as a way to show support for the letter he wrote Cardinal Rigali requesting a visit. The ribbons were to be a visual sign for anyone wishing to support the protection of children.
It is interesting to see how sometimes things get blown out of proportion or misinterpreted. The plan was to attend the 10:45 Mass. We did not want to interfere with the parish events planned for later that day. It was simply a group of people attending Mass. I have seen this plan referred to as a protest. People were simply going to attend Mass. I have seen it referred to as possibly being disruptive or counter productive. People were simply going to attend Mass. The confusing part was about C4C handing out leaflets. We do not even have leaflets. It was simply a group of people attending Mass.
In this current climate, people are desperate for a hero to emerge. Someone who is going to step up and speak out for the protection of ALL the children in the Archdiocese. I know we are all used to functioning on a parish-by-parish basis. We need to address this problem together.
I have recently met with parishioners from various parishes in Chester County. Since that meeting a few weeks ago, other parishes are now starting to form groups. You will see on the C4C site in the next few weeks, information about forming parish groups and the common goals of these various parish meetings.
With the criminal trials in the next few months and the decisions about the suspended priests, we are all going to need each other to get through this. Let’s us all try to remember the main goal is protecting the children. When different issues pop up that take away from that goal, it isn’t helping anyone.
Editorial note from Susan Matthews:
Catholics4Change invites committees and organizations to submit information that might help people organize their efforts for the protection of children. We will also be preparing informational documents that can be downloaded, copied and distributed. Catholics4Change’s primary mission is to create a forum where a variety of thoughts and ideas can be freely exchanged. We believe a more informed laity will help protect children and our Church.