The Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Vigneron’s counsel "in the midst of this hour of difficulty” resulting from claims made by the former Vatican ambassador to the United States.
“The statement of Archbishop Viganò, the former Vatican Ambassador to the United States, is another daunting challenge to our confidence in the reliability of the Church’s leadership, during a summer of devastating news regarding clergy sexual abuse and infidelity. In the midst of this hour of difficulty, I offer two words of counsel – one about truth, the other about hope.
“About truth: The Lord assures us that 'the truth will set us free' (Jn 8:32). We have nothing to fear in facing squarely the allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. I join with the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Detroit in praying for the triumph of truth and transparency – and praying that it comes quickly. Whether the Archbishop’s claims are confirmed or proved to be unfounded, the truth which comes to light will show us the sure path to the purification and reform of the Church.
“About hope: On ascending to the Father, Jesus pledged that he would be with us always, until the end of the age (cf. Mt 28:20). Christ has not abandoned us in this time of crisis. By his rising, he is Lord of all history. And in these trials, he seeks to restore the vitality of his Church. We must respond with abandonment to his designs, to identify the grace he offers us in this moment and to accept it willingly regardless of the cost. If we respond with hope, the Lord will take us to a new place from which we can go forth to unleash the Gospel with new power and new strength.
“In the end, we are servants of Christ. We trust in him. He will strengthen us and transform our weakness into power to advance his Kingdom and the salvation of souls. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.”
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