Healing Our Church
A pastoral response to the current sexual abuse crisis
The recent wave of news about clergy sexual abuse and the coverup by some Church leaders has left many of the faithful angry and shaken in their relationship with the Church. Amidst the other difficulties the situation presents, how do we find a way to minister to these hurting parishioners?
RENEW International has created Healing Our Church, a small-group resource which faces the issue head-on and helps the lay faithful begin the healing process and move forward, with the clergy, as a family of faith.
My intention and well-founded hope is that this program will help our Catholic men and women deal with the complex emotions this scandal has caused and start them on the path to healing and renewed discipleship.
~ Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, David Walkowiak