You know the scandals in the Catholic Church are bad when a cardinal says his own elderly mom refused to go out for lunch because she said, “I’m kind of embarrassed to be Catholic.”
Every American Catholic I know is angry and disturbed — with good reason. The recent release of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation into 70 years of sexual abuse by priests is appalling in its breadth and detail.
That most of these stories are decades old does not diminish the abject horror among Catholics today who now read them.
These terrible reports come on the heels of revelations that one of the church’s most powerful clerics, was accused of assaultng seminarians and young priests and of the sexual abuse of a minor.
In addition, there are allegations that some leaders of the church when notified of the problem, rather than dealing with it - have hidden, paid off, or transferred problem clergy.
Jesus talks about this. The clergy, as the Good Shepherds, are charged to take care of the Sheep, not the reputation of the church.
As your pastor, I wanted to let you know how seriously I take the maPer of Clerical Sexual Abuse.
In the late 1990s our Diocese was confronted with both abuse incidents and related financial difficulties. Since then our diocese put in place proactive measures to protect our children: including mandatory education & reporting requirements for those who work with children. The diocese is now conducting an extensive audit of these measures.
At the higher levels of the church, this last week leaders of the US church traveled to Rome to hold an urgent meeting with the Pope on this scandal.
The Pope has called for a worldwide conference in February of 2019 to address this problem.
At the Napa Valley level, the priests and deacons of our local parishes will meet next week to discuss what might be done together.
In our parish, I met with a dozen concerned parishioners last week. They recommended that among the most important ways to help is to keep parishioners updated on reform efforts and maintain transparency.
We have scheduled a Mass of Reparation to be held on Wednesday, September 26 in the evening. From 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm we will pray the Rosary together asking for Our Lady’s Intercessions, followed by Mass at 7:00 pm for us to pray for the victims and others who have been hurt by clergy abuse, and to pray for our Church – for the Shepherds and the sheep – for the Holy Spirit to send us wisdom and courage - so that together we may find ways out of this darkness.
We as a church need to open the windows and let the fresh air in.
The Catholic Church does not belong to the hierarchy. The Church is the Body of Christ, and the People of God.
– Fr. Bala
A BRIEF PERSONAL INTRODUCTION
I was born and raised in southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India. I did all my academic and seminary education in India. I was ordained as a priest on February 7, 1977. I worked in the Diocese of Guntur starting off as a parochial Vicar and became a staff member at the seminary. For almost 16 years, I worked at the Chancery - as Secretary to the Bishop, Chancellor and Procurator (Financial Administrator) of the diocese. I was also the first priest in the region to do a four year course in Indian Classical (Carnatic) Vocal Music.
From 1999 through 2001, I did a Licentiate in the Institutional Communications at “Santa Croce”, the Pontifical Holy Cross University run by ‘Opus Dei’ Congregation in Rome, Italy. I moved to the United States and worked in the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 2002 to 2010.
I started my ministry in Santa Rosa Diocese from October 2010 as the Parochial Administrator of St. Aloysius Parish in Point Arena. In July 2014 I was appointed Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Arcata, which has a mission church in Blue Lake. From July 2015 until July 2017 I was given additional responsibilities as Dean of Humboldt & Del Norte Counties, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, McKinleyville, with its mission in Trinidad, Pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Mission in Hoopa, and Pastor of the HSU Newman Center, Arcata.
I currently serve as the member of the Diocesan Finance Council, and a Trustee of the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) of the diocese.
I have begun my first week ministry in your midst. I am indeed happy to be one among you. As your pastor, I feel honored and privileged to work with you and for you. We are all co-responsible in building the Kingdom of God here and now. May Our Heavenly Mother Mary lead us all to Her Son, Jesus Christ!
St. Apollinaris, Pray for us!
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