Monday, February 05, 2007

Paulist office aims to help heal Catholic Church wounds - Catholic Online

Paulist office aims to help heal Catholic Church wounds - Catholic Online
Reconciliation involves healing people’s wounds – whether it be caused by abuse, disagreement with the church’s stand on an issue or anything that led someone to feel alienated or rejected – and welcoming people back to the church. Reconciliation work is such an intrinsic part of the Paulist charism that the Paulists are devoting $1.2 million over the next five years to reconciliation awareness, training and programming, according to Father John E. Hurley, director of the reconciliation office.

“People’s lives depend on what we do as disciples of Jesus Christ,” Father Hurley said in his welcome address to the board members. “It begins with recognizing that those experiencing alienation and hurt in the church are our brothers and sisters. It begins with our baptism.”

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