Friday, August 31, 2018

Celebrate the Season of Creation in St. Louis

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Season of Creation

The Season of Creation starts this Saturday, September 1.
You are invited to join the live stream of a prayer service in Assisi, the city of St. Francis. The prayer service will commemorate the Day of Prayer for Creation that opens the season. Leaders from across Christian traditions, including Fr. Bruno-Marie Duffé of the Vatican, will speak.
  • The two-day prayer service will be available on the YouTube channel of the Diocese of Assisi.
  • Please join us August 31, 5:30-9:00 PM Italy time, with a break 7:30-8:00. (That’s 11:30 New York, 10:30 Mexico City, 8:30 San Francisco–please see your local time here.)
  • Please join us September 1, 8:45-11:00 AM Italy time. (That’s 2:45 AM New York, 1:45 AM Mexico City, 11:45 PM August 31 San Francisco–please see your local time here.)
Events are happening all over the world to celebrate the Season of Creation which runs from September 1st to October 4th.  To find an event near you click here:

There are also lots of ideas of ways to celebrate with your family, church, or religious community.  Check out some of those ideas on the Season of Creation website here:  

LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, as members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, support and echo their recent statement on Sexual Abuse by the Clergy.

"The recent news detailing the extensive and sometimes brutal sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the United States has left us at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious sickened and ashamed of the church we love, trusted, and have committed our lives to serve. We weep and grieve with all who over the decades have been victimized by sexual predators within the faith community and feel their pain as our own. We recognize that the damage done to many is irreparable.

Sexual abuse is a horrific crime, and the horror is so much worse when committed by persons in whom society has placed its trust and confidence. Equally difficult to comprehend is the culture within the church hierarchy that tolerated the abuse, left children and vulnerable adults subject to further abuse, and created practices that covered up the crimes and protected the abusers.

We call upon the church leadership to implement plans immediately to support more fully the healing of all victims of clergy abuse, hold abusers accountable, and work to uncover and address the root causes of the sexual abuse crisis. We believe that the work to implement the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its subsequent revisions has been an important and effective step in addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. We have watched the Conference of Major Superiors of Men diligently work to assure the protection and safety of children and youth and applaud its efforts. However, it is clear that more serious action needs to be taken to assure that the culture of secrecy and cover-up ends.

We also call upon church leaders to attend to the severe erosion of the church’s moral standing in the world. Its members are angry, confused, and struggling to find ways to make sense of the church’s failings. The church leadership needs to speak with honesty and humility about how this intolerable culture developed and how that culture will now be deconstructed, and to create places where church members can express our anger and heartbreak. We call on the leaders to include competent members of the laity more fully in the work to eradicate abuse and change the culture, policies, and practices. We are committed to collaborate in the essential work of healing and transformation that our church so desperately needs.

Finally, we recognize that the vast majority of priests have not committed abuse and are suffering greatly because of the actions of some of their brothers. We offer them our prayer and support as they continue their ministries in these very challenging times and as they too struggle to understand the complexity of factors that led to this deplorable situation."

View the statement on LCWR's website HERE