Bishop seeks reconciliation with sex-abuse victims, pastor

.- A mass on Sunday, celebrated by Bishop Timothy McDonnell of Springfield at St. Michael’s Parish, was a moment of reconciliation for more than one reason.

The intention of the mass was for the victims of sexual abuse committed by priests. The bishop apologized on behalf of the Church to the victims, saying: "For those of you here today, who by the action of evil in the Church, have been made to feel hurt, isolated and abandoned ... for those of you who have been made to feel victimized, I am sorry.”

The event was also significant in that the bishop concelebrated the mass with the pastor, Fr. James Scahill, with whom the bishop had a falling-out in recent months.

Fr. Scahill had been very vocal about his criticisms of the diocese’s handling of the sex-abuse crisis. He even withheld a portion of the parish collections from the diocese for two years to protest the diocese’s continued financial support for a priest convicted of child abuse.

During a heated exchange in May, the bishop dismissed Fr. Scahill from a diocesan advisory council. The bishop had suggested the priest's criticisms had done as much damage to the Church's reputation as convicted pedophile priest Richard Lavigne.

The bishop publicly apologized to Fr. Scahill at the mass for his past comments.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »


Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: