St. Vincent’s Response to the Crisis in the Church 2018

ST. VINCENT’S AD HOC COMMITTEE ON CHURCH REFORM 2018
Committee Members
Amber Hendricks, Chairperson
Al Reichelt, Colleen McCahill, Maureen Daly, Pat Ball, Ray Heil, Pastor Ray Chase, Geri Fialkowski, Jim Casey, and Mike Jacko (ex officio member as President of Parish Council)

Committee Meetings and minutes: Oct. 6, 2018, Oct. 13, 2018, Oct. 20, 2018, Nov. 6, 2018, Nov 30, 2018, Jan 7, 2019, Feb 11, 2019, March 11, 2019, April 30, 2019,   Next Meeting: May 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM @ St. Vincent De Paul, Dinning Room

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SOME RELATIVELY RECENT INFORMATION OR ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE PLACED HERE FOR AWHILE BUT THEN PLACED UNDER THEIR APPROPRIATE PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS HEADING HERE.

APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED MOTU PROPRIO 05/07/2019
VOS ESTIS LUX MUNDI“Pope Francis issued sweeping new laws for the Catholic Church on the investigation of clergy sexual abuse May 9, mandating for the first time that all priests and members of religious orders worldwide are obligated to report any suspicions of abuse or its cover-up. The pontiff has also established a new global system for the evaluation of reports of abuse or cover-up by bishops, which foresees the empowering of archbishops to conduct investigations of prelates in their local regions with the help of Vatican authorities.”

COMMENTARIES AND REPORTING ON “VOS ESTIS”
America,
NCR, Whispers in the Loggia, Crux,


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St Vincent de Paul Church Town Meeting, March 24, 2019 10:45
Update on the activities of the Ad Hoc Committee
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AD HOC COMMITTEE LETTER TO THE PAPAL NUNCIO REGARDING THE UPCOMING WORLDWIDE MEETING OF BISHOPS AT THE VATICAN TO ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS, FEBRUARY 21 – 24, 2019 January 29,2019 We  have received a response from the Papal Nuncio and you can read it here.

THE MEETING OF THE BISHOPS IN THE VATICAN, FEBRUARY 21-24, 2019 ON ‘THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CHURCH”OFFICIAL WEBSITE
“This homepage was established to be able to transparently and authentically follow the process of change and development, both during the meeting and thereafter….. Everyone can use this homepage to form their own opinion on whether and how this will succeed in future.” Federico Lombardi, S.J. Moderator of the Meeting “The Protection of Minors in the Church” These links below are copied from the Official Site for the Vatican meeting. For complete and ongoing coverage go to the Official Website.
A) Schedule of Meetings
B) Church Law
C)
Official Curial or Papal Documents
D) Articles and Interviews
 
E) Themes for the 3 days
1) Responsibility, 2) Accountability, 3) Transparency. Each of these themes will be articulated in three presentations. Each presentation will focus on the theme as it relates to: a) the person of the bishop and his responsibilities; b) the relationship of a bishop with other bishops; c) the relationship of the bishops with the People of God and society.
The presenters were chosen so that a variety of continents, cultures and situations in the Church could be represented. Please click here to access a list of the presentations and the presenters.
There will be a brief time for questions and answers at the end of each presentation. Then the participants will meet in their language groups to discuss the presentation(s). Each group will formulate a brief summary of their discussion to be shared with the assembly in the evening.
 
SUMMARIES FROM AMERICA MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 21, 2019

FUTURE CHURCH: 2019 Teleconference Series: Power to the People
How do we rid ourselves once and for all of every form and manifestation of clericalism? This teleconference series will seek the input and advice from top experts who are well-positioned to help us answer that question and to develop ways that we, the People of God, can organize and advocate for a healthier, holier Church. Click above to listen to Podcasts of Completed Interviews or Register for upcoming interviews.



INTERVIEW WITH SEAN CAINE, VICE CHANCELLOR/DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE REGARDING HISTORY AND CURRENT PRACTICE OF AOB IN RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS. February 6, 2019
PART 1 by Shane Waters Interview starts at 2:49 and ends at 46:24
PAST 2 by Shane Waters Interview is 44 minutes

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER AND EXHORTATION TO THE US BISHOPS ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR DISCERNMENT RETREAT IN THE FACE OF THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS. Jan. 01, 2019

DOCUMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS FROM THE BISHOP’S MEETING IN BALTIMORE, NOVEMBER 12-14 

ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHURCH’S  LETTER TO CARDINAL DANIEL DENARDO, ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM LORI, and  BISHOP DENNIS MADDEN
November 8, 2018

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HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY ST VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT REVELATIONS OF ABUSE AND COVERUP BY CLERGY AND BISHOPS.

A) PARISH SURVEY AND RESPONSES REGARDING ABUSES BY CHURCH OFFICIALS AND THE COMMUNICATION OF THOSE RESPONSES TO THE BISHOPS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE AND CARDINAL DANIEL DI NARDO, PRESIDENT, USCCB.


BEGINNINGS
The Parish of St Vincent de Paul takes seriously the need of our parishioners and the Parish itself to respond to the sexual abuse of minors and others by clergy and bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States of America (and in Catholic dioceses throughout the world). The Parish Council and subsequently the Ad Hoc Committee on Church Reform began a process which included the sharing of important articles on the topic now available here in Church Reform, Primary Source Documents. The aim was to provide a broad understanding of the situation of the Church today and then be able to design a plan for appropriate action by the parish itself and individuals themselves.

THE PROCESS
A methodology for the solicitation of feedback from parishioners (click here) was established in which parishioners were invited to two town meetings and there to voice their concerns both orally and in written form. The written comments made by parishioners at those sessions are here , with additional written comments, sent to the parish at a later date, here.

Three summaries of those parishioners’ written responses were prepared for the Council’s review by three separate persons from slightly different perspectives. They are shared here.
1) First Summary       2) Second Summary       3) Third Summary

Based on the discussions of these summaries the Council prepared a survey as a means to assess the strongest passions of the Parish community and to give guidance to the Council regarding its next steps in response to this crisis. The survey requested prioritization by parishioners in two (2) categories:
1) Overarching Goals for the Church as a whole and
2) Specific Actions to be undertaken by our Parish or its members.
Read the Parish Survey Sept 2018 and the Survey Results Sept 2018.

COMMUNICATION OF PARISH RESPONSES
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, the Parish sent packets to the pastoral leaders of our Archdiocese of Baltimore: Archbishop Lori, Bishop Denis Madden, Bishop Mark Brennan, Bishop Adam Parker, and Msgr. James Hannon, as well as to Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo, President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

These packets contained the materials and responses of the Parish of St Vincent de Paul (linked to in the above documentation) along with a cover letter written by Parish Council Vice-President Amber Hendricks, on behalf of the Parish Council and parishioners of St. Vincent’s. Here is a list of what we sent:
1) A Cover Letter, written by Parish Council Vice-President Amber Hendricks, on behalf of the Parish Council and parishioners of St. Vincent’s.
2) Supporting Document A: A description of the activities the parish has engaged in to listen to parishioners around this issue (see above “methodology for solicitation of feedback from parishioners”):
a) Town Hall meetings
b) Surveys
c) Parish Council reflections and discussions
3) Supporting Document B: Copies of all parishioners’ personal written responses to the town meetings.
4) Supporting Document C: Two written analyses of the parishioners’ town hall meeting responses (submitted to and reviewed by the Parish Council in open meeting – see above “three summaries of parishioner response” — one of these was not included in the packets sent).
5) Supporting Document D: Additional parishioner communications and correspondence, shared with the Parish Council and the Ad Hoc Committee on Church Reform 2018.

B) ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PARISH PREPARATIONS AND ACTIONS FOR THE BISHOPS’ ANNUAL MEETING IN BALTIMORE.

U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS ANNUAL MEETING
MARRIOTT HOTEL WATERFRONT
700 ALICEANNA ST, BALTIMORE, 21202
NOVEMBER 12 – 13, 2018

U.S. Bishops Assembly to be Live Streamed, Live Tweeted, Carried Via Satellite
Public sessions of general assembly discussions and votes as well as portions of the day of spiritual discernment will be available via livestream at: http://www.usccb.org/live
News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to this page: www.usccb.org/meetings as soon as possible.Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media can use the hashtag #USCCB18 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usccb) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/usccb).

The schedule for open sessions of the Bishops’ Conference:
Monday, November 12 General Sessions 10:30 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 13 General Sessions   9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARISH PREPARATIONS
The first step in preparation for this meeting was to provide opportunities for parishioners to personally write Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo, President, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, concerning what the parishioners believed individually should be addressed at the Bishop’s meeting. They have been and will continue to have provided at church after every Mass stamped envelopes addressed to  Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, blank paper and pens and a paper containing some thoughts that might be considered in their writing. Participants could leave their sealed envelopes in baskets for the Parish to mail or take them home to allow more time for thoughtful consideration.

The second step is for the Parish Council President and Vice President, the Pastoral Associate, and the Pastor to send a letter on behalf of the parish to Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Lori and Bishop Denis Madden, regarding what should be included in the discussions and actions at the Bishops’ meetings. That letter was drafted and underwent several revisions by the Ad Hoc Committee. The Parish Council reviewed the letter and submitted suggestions for clarity. Read the letter here.

POSSIBLE FUTURE ACTIONS
We were tasked by the Parish Council to make recommendations that could be considered for future actions that would take advantage of the bishops meeting in November. These proposed actions have been forwarded to the Parish Council for their review. Some are already being addressed. The viability of these actions needs further investigation for feasibility as well as the needed participation of parishioners, some with specific expertise to implement. Some has already been implemented.

ACTIONS TAKEN FOR THE BISHOP’S MEETING NOVEMBER 12-14, 2018

BEFORE SUNDAY, Nov. 11:
Complete your letter to Cardinal DiNardo. If you have not mailed it, bring it to St. Vincent’s on Saturday evening or Sunday morning and we will hand-deliver it.

MONDAY, Nov. 12
Gather in the morning at St. Vincent’s to watch (via live stream) USCCB President, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, deliver their opening addresses to the assembly of U.S. bishops. Afterwards, walk from St. Vincent’s to the Marriott hotel in Harbor East (where the USCCB is convening) to pray with those gathered there. For Monday only, St. Vincent’s is reserving our near-side (south) parking lot for any who wish to walk from here to the Marriott.

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12- 14
Commit to watching a portion (or all) of the proceedings of the bishops’ assembly via live stream. You can watch on your computer, using this link:
USCCB General Assembly Live Stream Or bring a friend and watch in St. V’s double classroom!

OUR SISTER PARISHES
We are in the early stages of communications with other parishes with regard to their actions and some coordination of activities might be possible. You can click on the parish name to see information about that parish’s endeavors Communications have been made with:
St Ignatius Catholic Community.

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