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Welcome to Holy Angels!

Dear parishioners, and school families,
I know that you join me in being terribly saddened and outraged by the serious sins, abuses, and criminal activities that have been committed by some priests and bishops. The reports we have gotten recently are disgusting and infuriating! While most of the incidents occurred many years ago, it is nonetheless sickening to learn about them; and it is so depressing to realize that the victims have been suffering for these many years. It is also enraging to learn that some bishops covered up these terrible behaviors and crimes, and/or are guilty of gross negligence of their duties. As we go through this very dark time for the Church, I want to share with you some of my thoughts and suggestions.
First, I encourage each of us to be alert and sensitive to any persons who have been victimized by clergy or religious. These persons need our support. If you know someone who has been a victim, encourage that person to get professional counseling, and also to contact the Archdiocese. Give those persons all the empathy and compassion that they deserve.
Secondly, I encourage all of us to talk about these issues; to vent our upset feelings to one another; and to discuss with one another our ideas about what reforms are needed in the Church.
Thirdly, I encourage you to write letters to Archbishop Schnurr and respectfully give your suggestions about the changes that you believe the bishops need to implement in order to (a) make compensation, albeit inadequate, for these abuses; (b) prevent future abuse; (c) strengthen the competency of bishops and priests; and (d) build up the spirituality of all members of the Church in the aftermath of these terrible sins. Please do not think your suggestions are unimportant, and do not allow yourself to be intimidated by anyone in the hierarchy. You are not here to adulate priests or bishops, rather they have been appointed to serve you! Consider the words of the late great Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: “Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious.”
Lastly, of course, even as we vent our upset and give our input for change, we must realize that the Church consists of much more than the hierarchy. We believe that the magisterium is guided by the Holy Spirit, and so we strive to respect and obey the teachings of the bishops on fundamental matters of faith and morals, but we do so knowing that bishops and priests are sinful human beings who at times disappoint us by not practicing what they preach. With that in mind, we must be careful to keep ourselves focused on Our Lord Jesus, and each one of us do his part to grow in personal holiness. The Church is not holy because of its hierarchy or any of its earthly institutions, it is holy because Christ is the Holy One. He abides with us even in times of sin and struggle and suffering. Let us continue to place our trust in Him!
Sincerely, in Christ,
Fr. Greg

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