Each year Advent offers us an opportunity to reflect upon the darkness of the past while giving us hope for the future. This analogy fits perfectly with the Church’s role regarding Child and Youth Protection.
It has been over one decade since the Bishops of the United States promulgated the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Their promises to attempt reconciliation and offer help to past victims, guarantee effective responses to allegations, maintain transparency and accountability in our protection methods, and promise to protect the youth of the future have held fast since 2002.
The Body of our Church has taken upon themselves the fulfillment of these directives. Laity and Clergy, volunteer and staff, all have come together as a beacon of light to dispel the sins of the past.
This Advent Season, we reflect upon the gifts we have been blessed with, and look forward to the continued blessings we receive. The gifts of ministry are abundant in our diocese. We are truly recipients of God’s blessings and promises of grace and mercy.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. - John 3:16