Nuncio on Bishop Lahey

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The Most Rev. Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada  in a homily to the Catholic faculties of Theology in Toronto spoke of the recent deeply wounding events regarding Bishop Lahey:

Dear Friends, I cannot stand before you today without expressing my deep sorrow and emotion at the tragic events of the last weeks involving one of the bishops in this country. As pastoral ministers and those preparing for ministry in the Church, we are invited to fix our gaze and firmly place our faith in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Shephrd, who alone is the model offered to us as our Way, our Truth and our Life. The Church in Canada bears the wounds together with the victims of a tragic past, and has made and continues to make systematic efforts to prevent the repetition of such abuses and exploitation. The Church in Canada has made every effort to establish safe environments that protect children and young people. Yet we can never underestimate the destructive power of sinfulness and evil that tears apart the fabric of our community. God’s grace will overpower these forces. As we stand in a place of brokenness and vulnerability right now, I invite you all to prayer, silence and hope. Let us never forget the moving plea of Pope John Paul II at the conclusion of World Youth Day 2002 at Downsview Park in this very city:

“If you love Jesus, love the Church! Do not be discouraged by the sins and failings of some of her members. The harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame. But think of the vast majority of dedicated and generous priests and religious whose only wish is to serve and do good! …At difficult moments in the Church’s life, the pursuit of holiness becomes even more urgent.”