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For some months now in the wake of recent clergy abuse reports, dioceses across the country have been publishing the names of clergy who have been credibly accused. This practice is motivated by a desire for transparency and as a way of acknowledging the pain caused by clerical abuse. It is also hoped that anyone else who has a credible claim of abuse would come forward if doing so would be helpful.

For some time now, the Diocese of Sioux Falls has also been considering this move. Most of the priests on our diocesan list are deceased, although a few are still living. None have been active in ministry for a very long time.

When our diocesan list is published, we hope it will bring a sense of closure for those who suffered. If others have also been victims of clerical abuse or abuse at the hands of someone else, we hope they too will seek healing.

At the same time, others will be shocked to learn the names of beloved pastors and friends who failed in significant ways. In some instances, this was a momentary lapse of moral judgment; for others, there were repeated instances. Every case, in its own way, was tragic for both the victim and the perpetrator. As a diocesan Church, we mourn these failures.

At the same time, we do not want to erase the good that was accomplished by these same men. Some of them served the Church for a very long time and did accomplish a great deal. We would not want to be so fixated on their failures that we forgot their good.

In all instances, we need to pray for recovery for everyone involved and for the healing of the Church during these days of Lenten penitence.

Even though the Church has often been in the news with regard to sexual abuse, I notice a growing awareness of sexual abuse in many professions and areas of life. None of us should be naive or negligent when it comes to protecting those who are most vulnerable. We need to be vigilant about how our children are treated by others in every aspect of their lives.

We expect our children will be safe in school, at club meetings, in athletics, at church, or in the neighborhood. We try to instill in our children a sense of boundaries and to report boundary violations. We utilize background checks, and each year we do safety training for our volunteers.

These procedures have become very common for employers, service groups, schools, and churches. We hope they help. And yet, it is still vital for parents to be aware of their children's activities and with whom they associate. Vigilance is far better than regret.

As we come to the third Sunday of Lent, we are nearing the halfway point to Easter. By this time, I hope the bottoms of your Rice Bowls are covered with quarters. I personally find less pocket change in m pockets since I don't use cash as much as I did formerly. I will need to add some paper money to my coins.

Our Rice Bowls donations are far more valuable than their mere cash value. I know that we often help desperate people at our parish Food & Diaper Pantry, and some of your Rice Bowl money stays right here. Just last Saturday, someone called for lice shampoo for her children after they had had guests. Few poor people have extra cash on hand for emergencies like that.

The Catholic Relief Services website also reveals what happens to our Rice Bowl money that is donated to CRS. The stories are real and very moving. I sometimes wonder how our world would change if hungry and desperate people were offered food and a chance to change their lives. Half our parish Rice Bowl collection will be forwarded to CRS. We will be collecting the Rice Bowls during Holy Week.

Finance Report: Last weekend, we were really happy to see so many people in church after many weeks of wintery weather. We found $6,974 in the offertory collection. With 5 Sundays this month, we have high hopes of meeting our budget. Thanks so much.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "I can't give as much as I would like to give, but I will give all that I can."

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