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Carol M. McKinley

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 :::

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley is inviting the faithful of the archdiocese to join him in a “Pilgrimage of Repentance and Hope: The Novena to the Holy Spirit” to promote healing from the clergy abuse crisis and renewal of the archdiocese.

“Publicly acknowledging the Church’s faults and failures is an important element of asking forgiveness of those who have been harmed by the Church,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “The sexual abuse crisis has caused intense suffering for survivors and their families and has been a source of shame and sorrow for our entire Church community.”

“Our hope is that these services will bring together survivors, their families and friends, as well as clergy, parishioners, and members of the broader community,” he continued. “I invite all people of this archdiocese to join us as we call upon the Holy Spirit to assist us as we work to bind up the wounds of abuse and restore the faith of our community.”

The novena will begin on Ascension Thursday, May 25 with a Mass at Holy Cross Cathedral. Then the cardinal will make a “pilgrimage” to different parishes that have “experienced an especially painful history of sexual abuse.” The parishes will be in the towns of Stoneham, Middleton, Brockton, Lowell, Needham, Weston, Hingham, Bellingham and Brighton.

The novena will conclude on the vigil of Pentecost, the evening of June 3, with a procession from the archdiocese’s chancery building to St. Columbkille Parish, both in Brighton.

::: posted by prolife pundits at 8:30 AM




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