La Crosse Bishop Callahan decries 'moral catastrophe' of priests' sexual abuse of children

Diocese of La Crosse Bishop William Callahan says he and other Catholic bishops who normally welcome the “quiet rest and prayer” of their annual retreat will spend much of the time “sharing our deepest and profoundly sad feelings” about the most recent developments in the Catholic Church’s persistent pedophilia problem.

Those developments “once again plunge the Church into a dark hour of shame and disappointment — especially in Her leadership. The first news about Archbishop (Theodore) McCarrick was indeed shocking and upsetting,” Callahan says in a message written to the faithful and posted in most church bulletins Sunday.
Callahan’s letter, labeled “A ‘Moral Catastrophe’ and a Test of Virtue,” the full text of which is available on the La Crosse Diocese’s website, also cites “the revelations concerning the unraveling of the incredible and disgusting stories of sexual molestations that took place over the decades in so many parts of the Church in Pennsylvania.”
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