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A PETITION FOR HEALING AND HOPE


Dear Archbishop Sartain, Bishop Elizondo and Bishop Mueggenborg,

We, your brothers and sisters by Baptism and members of the People of God in Holy Disciples parish in Puyallup, want to assure you of our prayers at this time. We are mindful of the importance of the episcopal office to which you have been called.

As leaders and those who unite us with other Bishops and their communities and especially with our Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome, we want you to hear our voices at this critical time in our Church.

We want you to know that the recent news about priests and bishops who sexually abused children, the failure of some Bishops to fulfill their role as a leader, and recent allegations that even Pope Francis has failed to respond appropriately have filled our hearts with anger, sadness, sorrow, and shame.

We also want you to know that we are passionate about having you and your fellow Bishops take immediate, effective, and transparent action to bring healing and hope to our Church!

Through this petition:

We affirm your voting for what Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has recommended.

That there be:
(1) an investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick;
(2) an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops; and
(3) advocacy for more effective and prompt resolution of future complaints. These goals will be pursued according to three criteria: proper independence, sufficient authority, and substantial leadership by laity (including parents, counselors, and social workers).
 

We ask you to do more to enhance the Church’s efforts to keep all of its members safe from any form of abuse.  We ask you to stand and speak up for the following:

The establishment of National Standards (best practices) for listening to victims and for providing steps which will foster their healing process.

Require that all allegations of alleged abuse by members of the clergy or Church employees be immediately reported to civil authorities for investigation and subject to appropriate canonical, civil and criminal processes.

Bishops will fully cooperate in all such investigations if and as directed by law enforcement. 

The positioning of a USCCB Office to provide oversight and assessment of each Bishop’s effort to provide a Safe Environment for all of its members by

4) Having a team of experts evaluate the files of each diocese with regard to reported abuse and action taken to date.

Identifying the type and scope of Safe Environment training provided to
       (1) clergy, religious and lay employees of the diocese, and
       (2) for children.  

5) An Annual report of the above for each (arch) diocese be publicly available to all on the USCCB website.

The failure of a Bishop to promptly do any one or more of the above or to take proper action with regard to an abuser whether of the young or another adult would be grounds for reporting him to Rome.

We ask you to speak to your fellow Bishops and take specific, concrete action which can be verified. This is what the Bishops committed to do in “PROMISE TO PROTECT – PLEDGE TO HEAL”.

Doing so will greatly help in the healing process which is needed by the entire Church. Failure to act in this way will continue to erode trust and hope, and will prevent the People of God, the Church, from carrying out the Lord’s great Commission: “Go, make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them!”    

Please join others in the parish by signing a copy of the petition at our Welcome Desk in the back of the church.

 

 


Novena Prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church


Mary, Mother of the Church,
we stand before you 
shaken by the scandal and division in the Church that we love.

We pray for victims of abuse,
whose trust was betrayed
and whose innocence was shattered by members of the clergy.

We pray for those whose suffering was ignored
and for those who were silenced or disbelieved.

We pray for Church leaders,
that by putting the needs of the vulnerable first,
by acting with transparency,
and by always holding themselves accountable to God and to the People of God
they may regain the trust that has been broken.

We pray for ourselves, 
that the darkness and confusion we feel may give way to light.

May we find the way to justice, unity, healing, and hope,
through your Son, Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

Mary, refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Mary, comfort of the troubled, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Image: The Mother of Sorrows
Window at St. James Cathedral, Seattle

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