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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named six superiors of women’s religious orders, a consecrated laywoman and the superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to be full members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Previously, the members had all been men: cardinals, a few bishops and several priests who were superiors of large religious orders of men. The Vatican confirmed that this is the first time that women have been appointed to the congregation, according to Christopher Lamb of The Tablet.

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Notes from Listening Session No. 4

Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean
June 29, 2019

Attendees & Process

About 70 people attended.  Among the clergy in attendance were Father Patrick Melfi, pastor of St. John Parish and pastor/rector of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels (Olean), Father David Tourville, basilica parochial vicar and Father Larry Ford, OFM, a graduate of Archbishop Walsh.

Stephanie Argentine, Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) member and moderator of the Listening Session, reiterated that we are all “learning as we go,” but encouraged all participants to express their heart-felt concerns directly to the bishop, with the expectation that he will offer his thoughts and reflections, and then respond. Stephanie then informed the group the structure is designed to maximize the number of people to speak and be heard by the bishop. She mentioned changes made to the structure as a direct result of feedback and requested input on ways to further improve the sessions while meeting the goal of allowing as many people as possible to be given the chance to express their concerns, hopes and requests to the bishop.

Ms. Argentine noted the purpose is to give the bishop a chance to hear from all of us (verbally or in written form) and for him to take what he learns and use it as he works on the issue of sex abuse by the clergy. She said these sessions came about as a result of MRT recommending the bishop go to parishes across the diocese to listen to parishioners to inform and influence the bishop going forward.

Attendees were asked to work in groups, by table, to discuss and summarize thoughts from the group on sheets provided on the tables. Each table would have a couple of minutes to share the group’s thoughts, while trying to be cognizant of time. Once each table shared their thoughts, the facilitator would continue to go around the room until out of speakers in the hour timeframe.

Participants were encouraged to record initial thoughts on post it notes before starting discussion at their table. They were provided with three table discussion starters:

  1. How do you feel about the Church right now? What concerns you?
  2. What do you wish for? Do you have hope? What fills you with hope?
  3. How can your church, and this bishop in particular, best help or assist us collectively with this crisis?

THEMED REPORTS FROM THE TABLES

Issue of Church Hierarchy:

  • How did the local clerical hierarchy miss this abuse problem?
  • Where is their morality? The lack of moral clarity within the hierarchy – needs to change
  • The focus for repair, restructuring of the clerics’ perspective, has to be on building virtue.
  • The Church does not give parishioners the opportunity to question the morality, behavior of priests, clergy.
  • Church administration is closed and breeds dysfunction.
  • Increase role and participation of laity in parishes, diocese and formation of priests. The bishop needs more laypeople in his inner circle to advise him, with the lay people being elected not selected, to counter concern the bishop is surrounding himself with people who prevent appropriate response(s)
  • Why aren’t there more laypeople from the Southern Tier in that inner circle?
  • A bishop should be selected, rather than elected
  • Another suggestion: let’s let the women of the Church, in all professions, heal us. Women have been relegated to the back room by the Church hierarchy for much too long.

Recognize we can’t change the past but want to change the future through training and education

  • Open up more and provide help so that parents can help protect children
  • Make VIRTUS training available to all parishioners, families
  • The mother of a victim of abuse said, “Never leave a child alone with an adult.” She supports the bishop in his appearances around the diocese.

Investigations & Confidentiality

  • There was consensus that there needs to be a mechanism to report problems, to turn to for advisement.
  • Include laity and law enforcement when applicable
  • Keep records confidential and secure to protect from media
  • Devastating effect on Catholic education enrollment and funding

Consideration of Victims and their Families

  • Families of victims need to be healed as well as victims
  • Families feel guilt for trusting the offender
  • Are children safe today from predator priests? Are they listened to?
  • Shame on the diocese’s slow, erroneous response to local victims and their families.
  • Children should never be alone with priests – Boy Scouts of America have instituted this practice
  • The Church didn’t give the parents of victims a chance to protect their children and those parents will feel that pain until they stop breathing.
  • One suggestion for aiding parents, grandparents and guardians to become better listeners and sensitive counselors to their children is a program called “Protecting God’s Children,” online training by certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse, conducted by VIRTUS, The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.
  • Victims don’t want money; they want to hear “sorry” and they want changes to ensure this never happens again!!!
  • What input do parishioners have in victim compensation? We don’t want to give our hard-earned money to pay for the bishop’s mishandling of those cases.
  • We must acknowledge that this sexual misconduct issue is not just a Catholic Church problem. For example, an alarming number of cases of pedophilia occur within the family.
  • The mother, who had earlier spoken, elaborated on her heart-breaking story: her son, an altar server at 10, began acting out, refusing to return to the church, failing in his school studies. In his teens, he started drinking, then doing drugs. Despite multiple attempts at rehabilitation, he couldn’t get straight. At 34, he committed suicide, taking with him the secret of abuse at the hands of a priest when he was 10. The mother’s advice: don’t let the Catholic Church hierarchy get away with this cover-up and protection of sexual predators. Most victims of abuse don’t want money, they want apologies; and that the perpetrators ask for forgiveness.
  • A victim of abuse at the hands of her uncle has been able to move on to survivor! She has also been accused and noted we need to watch false allegations.

Concerns on fracturing of the Church and lack of trust

  • One person stated, “This sexual misconduct issue has brought the Church to its knees.
  • A closed system, as is the Catholic clerical hierarchy, is anathema to transparency.
  • Lack of trust – people vote with their feet – don’t show up. What do we do to bring back trust
  • How to reach families with children that have lost trust?
  • Youth ministers want to know how to reach out to the families of young children.
  • Concern over future growth of the church and moving on from this – some are coming into the Church. Many are leaving.
  • Anxiety over where to put contributions – no one wants their money going to settlements, but they want victims to be compensated. At least one diocese has created a fund that is exclusively for settlements – in recognition that some donors only want their money to go to victims.

Priests

  • What is the current screening process for enrollment in a seminary? How does the diocese supervise, mentor seminarians, novices?
  • Media coverage over false allegations ruins lives; second group of victims are the good priests who have been unjustly lumped in with the criminals. “All priests suspected of sexual misconduct should be considered innocent until proven guilty.”
  • Severe shortage of clergy
  • Why can’t priests marry? Consider allowing priests to marry.
  • Ongoing, when men and women join the clergy, what will supervision and mentoring look like? Will there be annual checks?

Ideas for the Church Going Forward

  • Today’s we’re living with consequences of abuse experiences from over 20 years ago; abuse of power – need systemic changes to make a difference.
  • “We need transparency in all aspects of this diocese. The current involvement of laypeople is good. I accept that what has happened is bad, but it cannot be changed. We must move on. I am here to urge the bishop to implement the transparency he claims to want but has not yet established.”
  • There needs to be more contrition, apologies for the abuse of hierarchical powers from twenty years ago to the present. What penance is going to be demonstrated by the Church world-wide to signal sorrow for the past wrongs and a promise that this will never happen again? The Church will never regain credibility, if this is not done.
  • One woman said, “In my family of good Catholics, my husband and I are considering leaving the Church because this current lack of credibility has occasioned a crisis in our faith.” She plead that the Catholic Church has a global obligation to show remorse and penitence and read from a letter that her brother had sent to Pope Francis recommending the Church do Penance to demonstrate the pain we share. It would be a simple act – it should not be about money because our credibility is so damaged. Her brother’s suggestion was that for one year, every Catholic Church altar around the world should remain stripped of ornament, as it is during Holy Week. This no-cost gesture would speak volumes about the penitence, contrition of the Church hierarchy worldwide.
  • Bishop currently getting guidance from lawyers vs. laity. The Diocese and Church needs to change the language and find better language. For example, payoff versus payout; are we using of language of business or pastoral nature?
  • Use “sorry” as an empathetic term vs guilt
  • Transparency is a big thing – improve channels of communication for people to learn other than through the media

General Comments

  • People came seeking hope.
  • We need something systemically new from this
  • There are lots of positives in our Church
  • It’s hard to imagine so much pain and joy can be experienced by people side-by-side – someone who experienced nothing but joy and good in their experience with the Church finds it hard to comprehend and feels great pain over all of this.

BISHOP MALONE’S RESPONSES AND COMMENTS

  • “Of the four Listening Sessions I have attended, all designed for me to listen to the parishioners, this is the most powerful.”
  • People who should have been trusted have betrayed their commitment to Jesus. But we must continue to be hopeful. This is a crucifixion of victims, of good priests, of all of us. I am feeling vulnerable. I continue to ask for forgiveness; I could have done better but did not.
  • From my heart, I want to apologize to the woman whose son was abused.
  • The bishop reiterated the importance of protecting children by enrolling them in Catholic schools, where he said he feels that they are safest. Absent that, programs like VIRTUS also are highly effective.
  • All adults have been called to involvement in protecting the young.
  • The seminarians’ preparation has been strengthened. They are evaluated by psychological evaluation, as well by the faculty, and finally submit to review by the bishop.
  • A notable feature at Christ the King Seminary is that seminarians are in class with and are evaluated by lay men and lay women.
  • At the U.S. Conference of Bishops, everyone was appalled at the accusations against Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal. The U.S. bishops have demanded an explanation about this case from the Vatican.
  • For his diocese, the bishop has proposed including professional laypeople to review cases of sexual misconduct. On the Diocesan Review Board (DRB), there is one priest, and the bishop just listens.
  • The bishop promises to continue change in the diocesan leadership culture. He acknowledges the role that MRT has played in bringing these issues to his attention.
  • When a woman attendee charged that the MRT did not include anyone from the Southern Tier, it was noted that that two residents from the Southern Tier have been part of the MRT since the beginning session.

Nancy Nielsen, of the Movement To Restore Trust, spoke about the objectives of that group: to create a Central Reporting Committee for reporting abuse and other problems directly; to make a commitment to co-responsibility, in which lay Catholics work hand-in-hand with ordained Catholics in an equal partnership; new transparent structures for bishop accountability; openness and transparency, addressing leadership failure and replacing outdated and secretive management practices based on respect for the competency of the laity. Nancy urged all of us to listen to the victims and heal with them.

Father Melfi delivered the closing prayer. The meeting was adjourned after two hours.

Upcoming Parish Listening Sessions:

  • Saturday, August 3, 9:30am – 11:30am – Sacred Heart Social Center (Batavia)
  • Saturday, August 10, 9:30am – 11:30am – Nativity of Our Lord (Orchard Park)
  • Saturday, August 17, 9:30am – 11:30am – Holy Trinity Parish (Dunkirk)

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By Robert Poczik

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Notes from Listening Session No. 3

St. Mark Parish, Buffalo, N.Y.
June 27, 2019

Attendees: 65-70, seated at twelve tables

  • Following a scripture reading and prayer, there was a Statement of the Goals and Objectives of the session by MRT member Stephanie Argentine guidelines for participation:
  •  All were encouraged to speak what was in their hearts during discussion at the table
  • Expressions across the spectrum from hopes and dreams to desired actions were invited. A report from each table summarizing comments would be given at the end of open discussion.
  • The presence of several priests was acknowledged, and they were invited to be seated with laity at the table of their choice.
  • It was pointed out that it was not to be an open microphone Q & A session but an opportunity to make oneself heard through the discussions at the table, and the reporting out of those discussions to the bishop and the group as whole.

REPORTS FROM THE TABLES FOLLOWING DISCUSSION FOR 20-30 MINUTES

Table Comments:

  • Expressions of anger and disgust about what has happened during and as a result of the scandal and how it has been handled
  • Acknowledged that there has been some improvement over time in the way matters are being handled but there remains widespread confusion and mistrust
  • There is great disappointment that policy seems to be that bishops will be policing themselves
  • There is great concern about the way matters have been covered up by Church leaders
  • It was thought that the truth should have been told, even if it is painful
  • Questions were asked as to why there has been no punishment of errant priests as there would be for others involved in such criminal behavior and why the matters involving abuse have been “watered down”
  • Behaviors involving pedophilia were described as savage and have resulted in a loss of prestige for our Church and a perceived loss of holiness.  It was questioned why the bishop is allowing homosexual priests in the ministry (seemingly tying homosexuality to pedophilia.). Note: there was loud dissent throughout the room after the comments about homosexuals.
  • With respect to the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT), it appears that its actions are not widely publicized; there is particularly a desire to know how offenses will be dealt with in the future
  • There was expressed a desire to be assured that seminary education and training will be such as to prevent such problems in the future
  • Concerns were expressed about how innocent priests who have been accused and found innocent have been dealt with and concern in general for all innocent priests who have had to function under a cloud of shame because of the behavior of others
  • Great disappointment with the manner in which the hierarchy have handled the problems was expressed
  • It was observed that the scandal has caused many to leave the Church or to withdraw support of its activities
  • Concurrence with the previous remarks was expressed
  • Concern and fear for the way young members of the Church have been affected by the scandal
  • It was observed that there appears to be hubris and a lack of humility in the behavior of bishops in the church
  • Concern about inaction on the part of leadership was expressed
  • There was expressed a desire to re-engage in matters of pressing importance to our faith, our Church and the community and concern that they are no longer getting the attention needed; there is a need to get focus again on pressing issues
  • It was observed that other dioceses have effectively dealt with the issues; why have we not been able to?
  • It was questioned why past leadership is not also “at the table.” They have been largely responsible and have left a “mess” for Bishop Malone to clean up.
  • Members expressed disappointment rather than anger at the way the situation has been handled
  • It was expressed that MRT is yet another layer in the organization that is not needed
  • It was further said that homosexuality in the priesthood is the real problem leading to pedophilia
  • There was a call for more offense rather than defense
  • Concern about silence from the leadership in the Church in face of passage of the new law governing and liberalizing abortion
  • Observed that the problems in the Church are more than about the role of women
  • Concerns were expressed about the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East
  • The problems can be seen as a failure of education of Catholics through history, leading to the emergence of clericalism
  • There was expresses a need for more collegiality and acknowledgement of the priesthood of the laity
  • Concern about the future of the Church was expressed, particularly in light of the closing of many of our schools
  • A feeling that “we are tired of hearing about it all” was expressed
  •  There was concern expressed that so few were present at this session
  • “The Church has had many problems in the past; fix it and move forward”
  • The importance of the role of the laity in the Church was emphasized
  • Bishops must be held accountable
  • There must be zero tolerance of errant behaviors
  • The scandalous behavior has not been handled properly in the past
  • There is a need to provide support for the good priests in the Church
  • There was a call to provide better training to deal with and prevent such problems in the future
  • There is a need for all to show support for survivors of abuse
  • What has the Diocese of Buffalo and the Vatican done in response to the problem?
  • What is being done to bring more religious women into the diocese?
  • There is a need for more accountability
  • We are waiting for an apology from the diocese
  • Need for more focus and guidance in matters pertaining to the spiritual life of the Church as well as the institutional Church
  • We cannot change history but must do all that we can to better understand why this has happened
  • There must be help for the victims of abuse as well as for the priests who have been wrongly accused
  • Concern was expressed about the matter of practicing homosexuals in the priesthood
  • There was a reference to how the Diocese of Rockville Center has handled the sandal (unclear)
  • More attention must be given to young children in the Church
  • There is a need for more transparency
  • The Church could emerge as a leader in dealing with this problem; it is the second largest organization in the world, second to China

It was observed by a participant who has taken courses at the seminary as a layman that we should be sympathetic to the seminarians currently in formation with respect to new rigors in their training

It was stated that there must be an opportunity for survivors of abuse to meet personally with the bishop.

BISHOP MALONE’S RESPONSES AND COMMENTS

  • Bishop Malone expressed gratitude for the passion evident among the attendees and for their concerns about the issues and for the future of the Church
  • With respect for greater involvement of the laity, he stated that he had planned to have a Diocesan Synod involving clergy and laity, the last one being held in 1954. He complimented the efforts of Siobhan O’Connor, then his executive secretary, who had researched the matter and offered suggestions in the preliminary planning effort
  • He stated emphatically that he has been personally meeting with victims of abuse and will continue to do so
  • He stated that we must identify more opportunities for women in diocesan leadership positions, identifying that women now hold a number of important positions
  • He observed that the Movement to Restore Trust has been asking for greater involvement of women in various positions
  • He concurred that there must be co-responsibility of clergy and laity in decision-making within the diocesan governance structure
  • Bishop Malone stated that the Listening Sessions thus far have been very helpful and would like to have more such opportunities to interact with others
  • He noted that the bishops in the U.S. are united in their commitment to finding ways to assure that there will be no recurrence of abuse
  • He said that Catholic schools are now the safest of environments for children in light of the safeguards that have been put in place.
  • With respect to the handling of accusations of abuse, he stated that all cases are referred to the metropolitan (Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York) but that laity are also involved in the adjudication of cases. He committed to providing more information on the protocols being followed.
  • With respect to concern regarding ethical behavior, including his own, he observed that there is a forum for reporting and dealing with such concerns. It is described on the diocesan website which is undergoing revision. Any concern regarding the conduct of any person in the Church may and should be reported
  • With respect to the punishment of priests who have been convicted of crimes, he observed that some have gone to jail. Revised protocols, developed in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office, will better assure justice for offenders.
  • On the matter of homosexuality, he stated that all people deserve to be treated with respect regardless of their sexual orientation. He acknowledged that there may be homosexual clergy in the diocese but that such orientation itself is not a sin but rather failing to live up to one’s promises or vows of chastity. The bishop was forceful in his denouncing the comments.  He said the Catholic Church, the Catechism are crystal clear, and he said while he knows we have some homosexual priests in our diocese, he said to the best of his knowledge every one of them is living a chaste life.
  • He made clear that the studies by the John Jay Institute, commissioned by the bishops in the U.S. did not find evidence that homosexuality is a cause of pedophilia. He observed that there are more pedophiles among heterosexuals than among homosexuals.
  • With respect to the MRT, Bishop Malone said that he considers their work to be inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it is making good demands. As examples, he cited the Finance council which now has a lay chair and more women as members; the Independent Review Board which reviews allegations of abuse has one priest among the members, the remainder being professionally knowledgeable and experienced lay members.
  • Bishop Malone urged all to keep an eye on the overall mission of the Church and to be mindful with hope as well as fear.

Stephanie Argentine, member of the MRT and moderator, reported that the Joint Implementation team, appointed to implement recommendations from the MRT, has been active.

MRT member Michael Noe, who prepared these notes, said, “There seems to be a need for better communication on the issues in general. Steps in that direction are being taken as I understand it, but it would be good if the clergy in parishes were involved and given talking points on which they could authoritatively address issues from the pulpit or elsewhere. I have yet to hear any matters brought to the attention of parishioners in my parish by the pastor or associates. Many people are reading the from the lay press; probably fewer are reading the Catholic paper.”

Upcoming Parish Listening Sessions:

  • Saturday, June 29, 9:30am -11:30am – Archbishop Walsh High School (Olean)
  • Saturday, August 3, 9:30am – 11:30am – Sacred Heart Social Center (Batavia)
  • Saturday, August 10, 9:30am – 11:30am – Nativity of Our Lord (Orchard Park)
  • Saturday, August 17, 9:30am – 11:30am – Holy Trinity Parish (Dunkirk)

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St. Mark Parish, Buffalo, N.Y. June 27, 2019 Attendees: 65-70, seated at twelve tables Following a scripture reading and prayer, there was a Statement of the Goals and Objectives of the session by MRT member Stephanie Argentine guidelines for participation:  All were...

Buffalo Catholic Diocese makes key financial appointments

By Marian Hetherly, WBFO 88.7 FM The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has appointed a new Controller and three new lay members to its Finance Council. Bishop Richard Malone said the appointments are a "positive" result of the Movement to Restore Trust asserting financial...

Notes from Listening Session No. 2

Notes from Listening Session No. 2

St. Vincent de Paul Parish | St. Leo Site, Niagara Falls June 15, 2019 Summary:  About 65 attended, including several priests and a seminarian. Father Robert Hughson, St. Vincent de Paul Parish pastor, welcomed everyone, then Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of...

Priest Convocation 2019

Statement about Priest Convocation 2019 Priests from the Diocese of Buffalo gathered from June 4-6 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora for their annual Convocation. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Together: Renew, Recommit, Restore – to give you a...

Parish Listening Sessions

Parish Listening Sessions

As a direct result of the MRT recommendation, Bishop Malone has agreed to a series of listening sessions across the diocese.  The listening sessions will include Bishop Malone praying with the faithful, hearing their thoughts and comments, inviting discussion and...

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