Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop uses Easter message to reflect on ‘shattered’ church

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

April 19, 2019

Melbourne’s new Catholic Archbishop has used his Easter message to acknowledge the church seems “shattered” and “wounded” after a year in which Cardinal George Pell was jailed for sexually abusing two choirboys.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli did not mention his predecessor by name, but spoke of how the Melbourne church had been “walking through loss and grief”.

He said the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection was a reminder of new possibilities.

“Our way ahead with Him does not mean a rejection of our past, but a transfiguration of it. Jesus is our hope of a new path,” Archbishop Comensoli said.

“As shattered and as wounded as our local Church can seem, the Risen Lord, in his gloriously wounded body, is inviting us to share in his life and to walk with him.”

“This Easter, all of us are being invited to taste something of this joy of the Resurrection, to look on Jesus’s resurrected wounds and see hope for ourselves and for the world.”

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