Rome, Italy, Dec 7, 2019 / 07:12 am
Birmingham's Bishop Robert Baker said Friday there is a hopeful spirit about the renewal of the Church in the United States at the end of the latest round of ad limina visits with Pope Francis and other curial offices.
About the crisis of mistrust in episcopal leadership, Baker said, "we know we have a long way to go, and we know the struggles there… We acknowledge our failures as bishops to do all that we should do."
"But there's a hopeful spirit after these ad limina visits, that if we center and focus ourselves on Christ, it's not we who are going to save the Church ... it's Jesus Christ."
For renewal in the U.S., "we need the help of the angels and saints. I think it's a spiritual quest principally," Baker stated. "We are being purified, and we are in a penitential time because of mistakes that have been made in the past, but there is hope."