Why the name?

"Holy Conversation" does sound like an exceptionally pious name, even for a parish blog. And we can't guarantee that everything here will meet the high standard the name implies. But the phrase comes from the story of our patron saint, and we think it fits. Here's why.

St. Scholastica was a sixth-century abbess who, according to the Dialogues of Pope Gregory I, used to meet once a year with her brother, St. Benedict. On the last occasion they were together, they spent their time "satisfying each other's hunger for holy conversation about the spiritual life."

We hope that this blog can become a place where the members of our parish can find a taste of the companionship and conversation that Scholastica and Benedict enjoyed so much. Welcome!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Resources related to the sexual abuse crisis

            In the wake of the grand jury report released last week, many of us find ourselves stunned, angry, dismayed, and a dozen other emotions.  As we try to find our way forward, we need to be as well informed as we can.  Here is an initial offering of resources that I hope might help.

            The grand jury report itself can be found on the Pennsylvania attorney general’s website here.  The responses filed to the report are available on the same page and deserve attention.  First, though, I would recommend watching the brief video on the same page, which focuses on the experience of a few of the survivors.  Their experience must inform our way forward.

            America magazine, published by the Jesuits, has collected links to their recent coverage here

            America also has many older articles that may help.  Among them is this helpful summary of the report published by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by priests.

            Finally (for now), Fr. James Martin’s “Prayer for Angry Catholics” was written in 2012.  Thanks to Mary Ellen Maher for pointing me to it.

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