Atonement Service Begins Healing of Church

By Thomas Geyer
Quad-City Times

August 29, 2008

Standing before a crowd of 58 people Thursday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Davenport, Diocese Bishop Martin Amos said that the priest sex abuse, the damage from which has permeated throughout the Catholic faith, is analogous to the forest fires that altered the lives so many in California.

The fires, he said, began locally, and then spread to affect many people. So, too, the sexual abuse by priests happened locally but then its harmful effects permeated throughout the church, he said.

“Sin always affects the entire body of Christ,” Amos said, adding that the abuse done by trusted priests destroyed parts of many lives.

“What gives me hope,” Amos said, is that after the fires are out, “a blade of grass comes out, and then a flower grows.”


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