Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".

Vatican News - 20 August 2018

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
To the People of God

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and of vulnerable adults.

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Letter from Bishop McElroy

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Schedule of Listening sessions

October 1, 2018, Monday, 7:00pm
Our Mother of Confidence Parish
3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, 92122

October 3, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00pm
St. Joseph Cathedral
1535 Third Ave., San Diego, 92101

October 4, 2018, Thursday, 7:00pm
Our Lady of Grace Parish, 
Moloney Center
2766 Navajo Road, El Cajon, 92020

October 5, 2018, Friday, 7:00pm
St. Charles Parish
990 Saturn Blvd., San Diego, 92154

October 6, 2018, Saturday, 9:00am
St. Mary Parish
795 La Brucherie Road, El Centro, 92243

October 17, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Church of the Nativity
6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067

October 18, 2018, Thursday, 7:00pm
St. Gabriel Parish, Msgr. Charles Dollen Hall
13734 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, 92064

November 5, 2018, Monday, 10:00am
University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, 92110