Read the statement from Bishop Jim Moriarty following the publication of Pope Benedict XVI Pastoral Letter to Catholics of Ireland.
Statement from Bishop Jim Moriarty
20th March 2010
I welcome and endorse Pope Benedict’s Pastoral Letter as a significant and personal statement to the Catholics of Ireland. It is frank and sincere in its import and content. It indicates the seriousness with which Pope Benedict regards the current crisis and his heartfelt concern for the people of Ireland, particularly those who were abused.
In his letter, the Pope makes an apology to victims; he refers to the need to acknowledge wrongdoing and for abusers to face the requirements of civil justice.
He notes the failures of bishops in their leadership and urges co-operation with the civil authorities.
Pope Benedict urges honest self-examination by the Catholic Church in Ireland and he appeals for a deep renewal of faith and practice among us all.
His recommendations for Friday penance, renewal of the sacrament of reconciliation and the practice of Eucharistic adoration are realistic steps that might guide us in our journey of renewal.
I encourage you all to read Pope Benedict’s letter and pray that it will
lead to a rebirth of the Church in Ireland in the fullness of God’s own truth, for it is the truth that sets us free (cf Jn 8:32).