Last month the Vatican abruptly directed its bishops to postpone plans to increase accountability in the clergy sex abuse crisis. Catholic critics maintain this is just another cover-up of abuse.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was set to vote on two measures—one on a code of conduct for bishops and another on a lay-led special commission to review complaints against them—during an annual assembly in Baltimore. But during the meeting’s opening few minutes, the conference president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, told the bishops he had received an order from the Vatican the night before to suspend the vote.
How are young people reacting to the current crisis in the Church?
Today’s read is from The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, a fraternal community of consecrated life in the Roman Catholic Church.
Every morning before class, if only for a few minutes, Anja Renkes, an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, steals away to an empty, dimly lit chapel to kneel before a tabernacle, which rests beneath a stained-glass window that depicts the Crucified Christ. In prayer, she tells Jesus what’s on her mind, everything she knows she can’t bear on her own. She trusts that He’s listening, that He can — and will — help.
Grieved and confused, she says she doesn’t really know what to think about the mounting crises plaguing the Church hierarchy. But she does know what to think about her faith and the Church she loves, founded by Christ 2,000 years ago.
“I’m absolutely not going to leave the Church or even thinking about it,” says Anja, 20.
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