for forgiveness of priests involved in sexual scandals by members and leaders of the Church. The Catholic Church is a beacon of hope in this troubled society, this troubled world. And a part of this is her self-forgiveness, Pope John Paul’s forgiving attitude toward the priests involved in the scandals. If we do not forgive our own, ourselves, how can we hold up hope to others? (I am not a practicing Catholic, but the Church and the possibllity of ultimately becoming a part of it, continues to hold out hope for me and I BELIEVE.)
Full of grace,
The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art Thou among women,
and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Forgive and forget. Address the societal issues that have led to these crimes. Amen.