Dear St. Mary's Family,
Over the past few weeks, the media has broadly reported on recent developments in the sex abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. One church leader has publicly alleged that Pope Francis himself is guilty of covering up specific events and has called for his resignation.
While we are Episcopalians and not Roman Catholics, these horrific scandals affect the wider church in many ways. Several of our parishioners have made comments to me about how deeply the recent news has affected them. I think that this issue is significant enough to warrant a conversation. This Sunday, September 2nd, we will have an open discussion about this topic during Coffee Hour in the parish hall. Please bring your questions and concerns with you. If you would prefer to email me your questions or discuss things prior to Sunday, I'm here and available. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my cell phone number is 913-484-2084.
Please join with me in praying for our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters as they work through these issues; let us especially pray for the victims.
See you in church.