Archbishop Robert Carlson Pens Letter Apologizing for Clergy Abuse Cases

The letter was sent to St. Louis Catholic parishoners

Fred Bodimer
December 07, 2018 - 6:48 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — "I apologize."  

That's one of the key messages from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson -- in a two page letter sent to Catholic parishoners in the Archdiocese concerning clergy abuse. He goes on to apologize to those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy -- to those who suffered from the Church covering up the abuse -- and to all people whose faith has been shaken by this behavior. 

The Archbishop writes that the Church speaks of the season of Advent as a season of hope.  And that kind of hope, he says, is what is needed this year in the wake of the revelations of clergy sexual abuse in the Church universal and cover-ups by bishops. 

In the letter, the Archbishop says now is the time for the cleansing of the Temple -- and he asks the faithful to lend him their anger, their courage, and their prayers so he can be as creative and determined as he needs to be --- as he works with many people to -- in his words -- clean the Lord's house.

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