Next Steps: Season of Discernment
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) will next meet September 18 at 7PM in McKenna Hall. All parishioners are welcome.
On August 13, 2019, America Magazine published an article by PPC member and parishioner Kathleen Coogan in which she describes the Season of Discernment undertaken by Holy Trinity over the past year.
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The Parish Open Forum for Action continues. The 100+ parishioners who came together November 4, 2018 and discussed responses to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church proposed a number of practical actions in the five areas of concern: transparency and accountability, Church structure, the role of the laity, support to survivors and families, and prayer.
The parishioners who agreed to take the lead on these actions are meeting together and with Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) representatives to de-conflict ideas for actions, to educate ourselves on similar work that is already ongoing in other organizations and to (potentially) team up with other parishes on some of the actions. The quickest way to add ideas, ask questions or join one of the action groups is to reach out to any one of the PPC representatives. Our special topic email addresses are open as well:
Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Maryland Province encourage anyone who suspects abuse by clergy, or by any employee of a province work, to contact local civil authorities and the Provincial’s Office of the Maryland Province. The Province’s Victim Assistance Coordinator can be reached at 443-370-6357, by email at MARadvocacy@jesuits.org, and by U.S. mail at: Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 620, Towson, MD 21286.
Archdiocese of Washington: How to Report Child Abuse, Neglect or Assault
Ladislas Orsy, “Discourse about the Laity: A Sacred Power,” in Receiving the Council: Theological and Canonical Insights and Debates, Liturgical Press, Minnesota
Pope Francis' Letter to the People of God, September 2018
Letter to Cardinal Ouellet from Pope Francis, 2016
“Inverting the course: clericalism, centralization and church reform” by Massimo Faggioli
"Our Myth, Their Lie: Clericalism, Not Heresy, Cause the Crisis" by James J. Heany
"The New 'Two Orders of Christians'" by Massimo Faggioli
Clericalism, an Ongoing Temptation by Father Rodrigue Gbédjinou
Terminology: The Church v. The Hierarchy
Note to Newspaper Editors: Change 'Church' to 'Hierarchy'" by Thomas Reese
Steps Toward Transparency
More Jesuit provinces announce plans to release list of accused priests
Church Policies and Statements
Pope Francis: Apostolic Letter Issued Motu Proprio "Vos Estis Lux Mundi"
Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God
Statement of Catholic Theologians, Educators, Parishioners and Lay Leaders on Clergy Sexual Abuse in the United States
A Message from Dr. Thomas Burnford, National Catholic Educational Association President/CEO
Holy Trinity Letter from Pastor Kevin Gillespie, S.J. to Parishioners: Maryland Province Releases Names of Jesuits Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection Policy