“The Church has been gravely wounded by the abuse crisis and we must begin the healing process by eliminating the evil of sexual abuse,” writes Daniel Cardinal DiNardo in his Oct. 23 A Shepherd's Message column.
The last few months have been very difficult in the life of the Church. With the confirmed sexual abuse of minors and seminarians by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his removal from the College of Cardinals, as well as the publication of a detailed report of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in six dioceses of the State of Pennsylvania, a genuine state of moral and spiritual crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States has hit us all with great force.
I am deeply saddened by the shooting this morning at Santa Fe High School. My prayers, along with the prayers of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, are with the victims and families of those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy. During this most difficult and challenging time, I know the Archdiocesan community will unite to support and offer healing to those affected. As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools and communities.
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