It's hard to believe that it was five years ago that the storm broke in Boston. Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston penned this op-ed piece in the Globe to mark the occasion.
I pray and hope that our bishops and leadership don't just return to "business as usual." I hope we've learned something -- about the need for holiness among priests and bishops for sure, but also the need for greater transparency and accountability.
The scandals affect not just those who were abused (though, it goes without saying, they remain the focus of the Church's care and compassion) -- they affect all of us, in ways small and big.
Last month I received an email from Jennifer, a reader of this blog from Virginia. She had just found out that the pastor in the church she grew up in, in Grand Rapids MI, had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. This news was, understandably, quite devastating. She penned a blog post about her experiences -- I invite y'all to head over there and share any thoughts and prayers that you might have.