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Pastoral Response to Recent Church Scandal

August 30, 2018

Dear Parish family,

The later part of August brought with it heavy smoke from wildfires burning far from here. Nonetheless, we were victims of this wrath of Nature; seeking protection and relief as we pondered why we were affected and how long it would last.

As I alluded to last Sunday at Mass, this unsettling occurrence in nature is metaphorical for the latest horrific revelations of sexual misconduct, abuse and cover up by our clergy and hierarchy. The national and global wildfires from these horrific scandals continue to spew their filth into the air of our Catholic faith.

Personally, I feel overwhelmed and sickened by the scope and abhorrence of it all, especially since I love priesthood and find tremendous joy in being a shepherd of souls. But the depravity and abuse of power by men, called and consecrated to Jesus Christ for the care of His people, has left me shocked, disgusted, angry, and demoralized. Furthermore, I grieve deeply for their victims who were robbed of their trust and stripped of their innocence. All the apologies, counseling, and money in the world can never restore what was taken from them by demonic forces at work in men entrusted to handle all that is divine.

Perhaps you feel much the same. And more tragic still, we have been feeling this way for far too long. We need more than apologies and explanations. We need truth, justice, and transparency from our hierarchy along with solutions that bring healing and new life for the Body of Christ. Thankfully, much has already been done with the Archdiocese of Seattle often leading the way.

Beginning in the 1980s, our Archdiocese enacted policies and procedures for the protection of children and vulnerable adults while holding priests and lay ministers fully accountable. In June 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) created “The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. Most of its content follows what had already been written and practiced here. In 2007, Archbishop Brunett took matters a step further with the establishment of the Safe Environment Office to ensure enforcement of safety protocols, provide educational resources, and offer support to anyone suffering in the aftermath of abuse. Revisions and updates occur regularly. More recently in 2016, in an effort to be as transparent as possible, the Archdiocese, on its own initiative, chose to publicly issue a list of all clergy in this area for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established, or determined to be credible.

While this is good, the scandalous past of disgraced ex-Cardinal Archbishop McCarrick demonstrates it is not enough. His misconduct, abuse, and subsequent clerical elevation reveal that the wildfires of sexual deviance, clericalism, and culture of secrecy within the hierarchy of the Church are more prevalent than many thought possible. Consequently, we can expect them to reignite, burn, and pollute the air of our faith until ALL ministers at EVERY level within the Church are held fully accountable at all times and places with no exceptions. God and our salvation demand nothing less for us and from us.

From what our Archbishop, J. Peter Sartain, and the President of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, have recently stated (see links below), I believe sincere efforts are underway to address and rectify episcopal abuse of power and prestige. The smoke from these man-made fires will clear in time but sadly the fires are far from out. In fact, it would be naive to think the necessary cleansing and reform of the Body of Christ within the hierarchy will be easy, quick, or painless. Nor will this work be solely the responsibility of our clergy and lay professionals. Everyone must become involved for truly effective and lasting results.  

Grace triumphs over sin and holiness over heinousness! God is calling upon each of us to be a spiritual first-responder. We, the People of God, are the fire fighters on the front line who must extinguish the flames of evil with the living water of our common baptism in Jesus Christ. Understandably, we expect our clergy, religious, and lay leaders to model this for us through their lives but we can never presume it. Instead, each of us must pursue holiness of life for ourselves and those we serve. Accountability for authentically living out the Catholic faith will be rendered unto God and the Church over time by every person who professes Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior.

To this end, I entreat everyone to ongoing renewal of your baptismal promises vis-à-vis Sunday mass; frequent confession of sins; daily prayer; adoration of Jesus (chapel code 4301); fasting; penance; acts of service; and generously caring for the poor.

Draw close to God and God will draw close to you! Appeal for aid and intercession from our Blessed Mother Mary through daily recitation of the Rosary. Make friends with the Saints past and present. Shun anything and everyone that tries to separate you and your loved ones from living in unceasing intimate union with Jesus Christ! The holier each of us becomes directly benefits the Body of Christ; healing and strengthening it against these and other vicious and vile attacks of the enemy in all its ugly foulness.

One final word of hope. A glance back at our Catholic history will help to keep the revelations of these days in perspective. Whenever over the past two thousand years our hierarchy has failed the Church, God has called upon ordinary men and women just like you to guide the faithful, including the hierarchy all the way up to the Pope. Their extraordinary lives and virtuous deeds are well documented in the Lives of the Saints. Thankfully, they are with us still to help us hear and answer God’s call to rise up in grace to meet the needs of our own time, especially in protecting the dignity and innocence of all God’s children. May we respond generously with holiness of life so as to be counted among them for this generation and those to come.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Fr. Patrick Freitag

Pastor

http://www.nwcatholic.org/news/local/archbishop-sartain-bishops-must-be-held-accountable-for-shielding-abusers.html

 http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-144.cfm

 http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-141.cfm

[http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-139.cfm]  USCCB Statement, August 16, 2018

 
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