Without a doubt, the eyes of our people were most intently focused on our deliberations and actions with regards to addressing the sexual abuse of minors — and most particularly how to hold bishops accountable for bad actions and for inaction in the face of this urgent need.
This is the final Catholic Anchor column by Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne. As of June 7 he will be the new coadjutor archbishop of Seattle.
Christ is the holder and bestower of life. Thus, as the Son of God, he is the remedy and cure for all that disfigures his creation. Jesus is the salvation of humanity.
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne is moving to Washington State after being named coadjutor archbishop of Seattle. The text below is from the announcement on his blog earlier this morning.
In these days when we are confronted with the sinful reality of the human members of the church, it is comforting to recall the holiness of the church, which is ever present in her divine nature.
In this year where the church has been marred and disgraced with renewed focus on the sinful and criminal behavior of our shepherds, of scandalous failures in leadership, may we hear afresh and anew the words of Jesus about genuine discipleship, take them to heart, and keep them with renewed vigor and hope:
I fear that too many parents believe they cannot afford a Catholic education for their children, and thus never even take the opportunity to walk into one of our Catholic schools to discuss what is possible for their children.
Let us prepare not only for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas, but Christ’s birth and life within us, and ultimately, for his promised return at the end of time.
This meeting will more than likely be one of the most historic moments in the life of the church in this country. I ask for your prayers.
Anchorage Archbishop calls for action, prayer, penance in wake of Pennsylvania report on clergy sexual abuse
Anchorage Archbishop Paul Etienne posted the following letter on his blog in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clergy sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. This letter is to be read in every parish in the Anchorage Archdiocese over the weekend of Aug. 18-19.