Bishops of England and Wales’s heartfelt apology

THE Bishops of England and Wales have decided to address the clerical abuse issue directly and unambiguously, offering a heartfelt apology and inviting Catholics to take part in ‘prayer of reparation and atonement.’

In a joint statement they said: “We invite Catholics in England and Wales to make the four Fridays in May 2010 special days of prayer. Even when we are lost for words, we can place ourselves in silent prayer. We invite Catholics on these days to come before the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes to pray to God for healing, forgiveness and a renewed dedication. We pray for all who have suffered abuse; for those who mishandled these matters and added to the suffering of those affected. From this prayer we do not exclude those who have committed these sins of abuse. They have a journey of repentance and atonement to make.”

To read the statement in full visit: http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/catholic_church/media_centre/press_releases/press_releases_2010/statement_by_the_catholic_bishops_of_england_and_wales

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