Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.

Adventure by Catholic terms: ‘You were made for greatness’

All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lay dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw.

My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken radical leaps of faith. One couple moved to Costa Rica with their baby to do mission work. One man felt called to head up a floundering radio station. Another family set aside their jobs and rented out their home to embark on a yearlong cross-country RV trip, prodded by a sensation many of us recognize.

The church is always in crisis

We, believers in Jesus Christ and those who have been baptized in his name, form the church. The faith of our parents and godparents initiated this process of formation in our lives upon giving us the sacrament that planted the seed of the divine life in our souls. From that moment on, each one of our words and actions became the concrete way to make that seed cultivated in our free will grow.

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