Monday, February 25, 2019

Prayer following historic summit on clergy sexual abuse

Lord, we are thankful for the historic summit that happened this weekend in order to address the scourge of sexual abuse within the worldwide Catholic church. We join in the lamentation over a lack of concrete steps—or at least the indication of any. But we continue to pray that the increased awareness and the proposed ideas will gain momentum within the church worldwide. We particularly pray about the presented suggestions of creating a code of conduct for bishops, making the church more transparent, and establishing protocols for handling accusations against bishops. May these options be implemented with excellence in the near future. We also continue to pray for the victims all around the world of so many different ages, who seek healing of the abuse they suffered at the hands of those who were to represent you in their lives. May they experience your mercy, grace and love in a beautiful, unsullied way, so they may move forward with their recovery. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


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