Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

As Jesus Showed, Forgiveness Is Essential for Healing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

As Jesus Showed, Forgiveness Is Essential for Healing

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From all the anger, disappointment and distrust that continue to grow, it is apparent that there are no adequate explanations and no sufficient number of acts of contrition that will begin to heal the victims of the terrible acts and sins of the trusted clergy of the Catholic Church.

Whereas words of apology from church leaders are necessary, they aren't enough, especially in the eyes of the victims, their families, friends and in fact all the members of Christ's body, the church. Ultimate and complete healing can come only from God.

And we must pray and pray constantly for that healing: prayers for the victims; prayers for those priests who are innocent, the thousands of wonderful priests who are enduring the shame of this; and yes, prayers for those priests who committed these sins and those who enabled them or made errors in judgment. …

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