How many times have innocent children prayed in agony that they be spared the cup of abuse, especially at the hands of priests they deeply trusted? How many times have they bled from their abuse? How many times have we ignored their repeated pleas for help, falling asleep to their pain?
Lord, inspire us to use our wealth and efforts to restore dignity rather than to protect an image. Help us to see strength and unity in the expression of diverse perspectives so that we do not consume each other like dogs. Guide your church to entomb all traditions that enable abuse and cover-ups so that it may be resurrected from these scandalous departures from your light.