TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Send the Bishops a Message urges Catholics to eliminate or reduce substantially donations throughout October because Church officials put kids at risk and turn a blind eye to clergy sex abuse victims.
The pope and his bishops allow priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of children to remain in ministry. These high-risk men have access to children, putting them at risk of terrible crimes.
Like the priest and Levite in the Good Samaritan story (Luke 10: 30-33), Church officials turn a blind eye to clergy sexual abuse victims by “passing by on the other side.”
"A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho…. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion..."
Eliminating or reducing substantially donations is a safe, easy, and empowering way for Catholics to express their dissatisfaction and frustration with Church officials.
Now is the time for Catholics to speak loudly with the voice of their hard-earned money.
Money is the language Church officials understand.
Send the Bishops a Message bows deeply and tips its hat to 80-year-old Irishwoman Jennifer Sleeman, who urged a Mass boycott on September 26 to call attention to the Pope’s “no-show” on clergy sexual abuse. Our five-Sunday October campaign urging Catholics to protest this man’s lack of action (lots of words and sound bites, but no real action) on clergy sexual abuse follows in the footsteps of this courageous and bold Irish woman.
Send the Bishops a Message (www.sendthebishopsamessage.com) urges Catholics to send messages to Church officials using money as the means of communication.
Desert Voices, Inc., an Arizona non-profit corporation, sponsors Send the Bishops a Message. Desert Voices also sponsors Voice from the Desert (http://reform-network.net).
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