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OLGC's Prayer & Action for Hope and Healing
OLGC's Prayer & Action for Hope and Healing

UPDATED Information on the Sexual Abuse Crisis & Upcoming Meetings

Keep all victims of sexual abuse in your thoughts and prayers.

UPDATE: Streaming of Assembly

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, June 11-14. During the assembly, the bishops will discuss and vote on bishop accountability measures to respond to the abuse crisis and will also hear reports from the National Advisory Council and an annual progress report by the National Review Board. The bishops will also discuss and vote on the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (2nd edition); and on the final approval of revisions made to the second typical edition of the ICEL Gray Book of the Ordination of a Bishop, of Priests, and of Deacons, among other items.

OLGC information, responses and messages:

Catholic Diocese of Arlington:Office of Child Protection website:

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Resources: Provided as general information and does not imply endorsement or support of any of the linked information.

Many people expressed gratitude to Fr. Matt, Fr. John and the staff for having these meetings and allowing their voices to be heard. If you have topics or ideas on this please email them. As always you can communicate directly with Fr. Matt anytime.

Brothers and sisters, ask the Lord for strength to fight for our Catholic Church, to lead and never think of leaving the Church. Do not abandon Jesus because of Judas. Do like Saul who became Paul called by Jesus to proclaim his Church in our lives. - OLGC Parishioner

Things we can do, because WE are the answer, and are needed more than ever:

  1. Avoid saying anything that could seem to diminish the seriousness of these revelations. We as a Church, especially those who are leaders, need to own the crimes that took place both in the abuse and the cover-up.
  2. Listen patiently and don't feel you need to provide solutions to people's anger and their grief.
  3. After listening, point them to the One who alone is trustworthy, the One who alone is our Savior and the Hope of the Church. Help them to see that it is in this same Church, the Body of Christ, so wounded in her members, where Jesus has chosen to dwell. Jesus is still present in Word and Sacrament and in the many amazing signs of holiness in her members.
  4. Do what you do best: Be who you and be that perfectly well in your ministries, in your volunteering, and in your everyday work and daily tasks.