Archbishop: Church needs a reality check
How many abusers grew up Catholic?
Archbishop Joseph Harris is calling on the Catholic Church to do introspection, in light of what he described as the horrific murders of three children, to see how many victims and perpetrators had a Catholic upbringing.
In a release yesterday, Harris stated there have been 28 murders involving children so far this year and the last three left everyone stunned, bewildered and even angry.
However, the Church has always
cared for all its children, and although they have failed them
in the past, they needed to seize this
opportunity to deepen the care and protection of the children now.
“We need to begin from a reality check as to how many of the victims and perpetrators are products of our Catholic families and our schools. The image of an accused person wearing a rosary round his neck must disturb any right-thinking Catholic.
“We must also work more firmly with parents who choose to send their children to Catholic schools. These suggestions will be followed through in consultation with
the relevant Church commissions.”
He said this year, the Feasts of Holy Innocents and of the Holy Family fall together in one weekend, December 28 and 29, and the Church should use this opportunity to pray deeply about the children and
families in distress and to heighten its awareness of this tragedy unfolding for several years now.
“I am therefore asking that on the
Feast of Holy Inno-
cents this year, Saturday 28 December, 2013, church bells will toll for one minute to remember all the children who have died.
“This should be the single funeral toll, just before the start of the Holy Innocents’ morning service in the parish, at 3 p.m., to link our present tragedy to the moment when the most innocent of us all met his death, at 6 p.m., after the Angelus and just before the parish evening Mass.
“Where possible, when children are gathered in church or family at these moments, the children should be told why we are doing this and the names of the victims may be read out,” he stated.