Women are the lifeblood of the church. It is a fact. If you walk in to most churches today you will see the pew is filled with daughters, mothers and grandmothers. Right now I would say that we are hurt by the actions and or the lack of action that has shown its head.
I am filled love and compassion for my sisters in faith who are struggling with the same questions and concerns that I have. A group of well educated, worldly savvy women have written a letter to Pope Francis.
I have been filled with questions. I have been filled with concerns. No, this will not take me from the church that I love fully. It will just make me do what women before me have done. I will fight more fiercely for her..
The letter begins as follows:
Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing our beloved Church. We are angry, betrayed and disillusioned. The pain and suffering of the victims never ends, as each news cycle brings more horrific revelations of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, cover-ups, and deceit—even at the Church’s highest levels.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s recent statement impels us to reach out to you directly for answers. His testimony accuses you, Holy Father, and highly placed cardinals of turning a blind eye to former Cardinal McCarrick’s egregious behavior, and promoting this predator as a global spokesman and spiritual leader. Is this true?
The letter goes on to ask very specific questions. Questions that deserve answers. Answers that are needed to allow us to heal. The wounds of sin have ripped open our hearts. We need to clean the wound.
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Those who were authority failed us. We need to know what happened and how it will not happen again. The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.
Please make sure to read and sign. I believe we need to be heard. Please sign here.