Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent for Christians around the world. The ashes we receive on our forehead today remind us of the reality of our sinfulness. As the prophet reminds us “[we] are dust and to dust [we] shall return” (Genesis 3:19).
To humble ourselves and to atone for our sinfulness, the Church recommends we practice a threefold Lenten discipline of prayer, penitence and charity.
There has no bigger public scandal to the Church than the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Church for the past sixty years.
The disgusting actions of priests and bishops have ruined the lives of young people and damaged the Body of Christ.
In 2010, Pope Benedict derided the “filth” of the Church and said “urgent action” was required to address the scandal, including ending the “misplaced concern for the reputation of the Church and the avoidance of scandal.”
He’s right, and as the cardinal-electors pick his successor during this holy season of Lent, it is time for who have committed crimes against young people to cancel their trips to Rome and abstain from voting for the next spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Mahony, whose litany of sins was revealed two weeks ago in the public release of personnel files by Archdiocese of Los Angeles, needs to stay home.
It is time for him to show an act of public repentance and atone for his sins. If you agree with me, be sure to sign on to our petition to ask Cardinal Mahony to stay home. You can find our petition here: http://www.catholics-united.org/petition-mahony
In the words of today’s liturgy, we respectfully ask him “repent, turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”