Welcome to the Blessed Sacrament parish virtual town hall.

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament church is using the tool IdeaScale to facilitate engagement with our parish and school community in light of the sex abuse crises in the Church. This website serves as a virtual town hall* for our parish community and a platform to have our collective voices be heard by our Church leaders.

Parish leadership invites Blessed Sacrament parishioners and school parents to use this platform to submit their ideas, comments or questions on the Church crisis. You can also vote to agree with or disagree with the entries of other community members. The purpose of this virtual town hall is to gather information and sentiment on this critical topic among our community members. This way our parish leaders can better address them through actions and communications within our parish's control. The virtual town hall is open until November 1st.

How to participate:

• Create an IdeaScale account. This only requires an email address.

• We encourage transparency in this community. Please note that the name and username registered to your account will be posted with your submissions unless you choose the option to submit an idea anonymously. Email addresses will be visible to site administrators**, but not in association with ideas posted anonymously.

• Click the Submit New Idea button at the top of the navigation sidebar.

• Please use respectful language in your submission, otherwise the moderator may delete your entry.

• You will have the option to add tags to the idea, comment, or question. These tags represent key themes that emerged from the live parish town hall on September 16th. These tags help people search comments related to their interests.

• If you would like to see all ideas, comments or questions created with a specific tag, you can click on the word or phrase via the tag cloud in the navigation sidebar area under "What we're discussing". (The order of tags in the tag cloud is randomly generated by IdeaScale, it does not imply priority.) Click the Ideas link at the top of the page to see all ideas.

• You can vote, but not comment on other entries. To vote on an entry, look to the right of the idea title/description and simply click the up arrow to agree or down arrow to disagree.

Next Steps:

After November 1st, a team of lay parishioners and parish staff will analyze the information gathered in this website and prioritize the issues to address in parish actions and communications. The information collected also will be shared with the Archdiocese and the Bishops Conference.

*Please note that a summary of the Sept. 16th live town hall is accessible by clicking the link in the footer of this page.

**Administrators and moderators of this site include parish volunteers. Contact blessedsacramentmoderator@gmail.com for assistance on this website. All other requests should be directed to parish staff emails.

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Comprehensive Resource Needed

One resource that is sorely needed – particularly today – is a publicly searchable database containing the names of all priests (past and present) of the Archdiocese of Washington, the parishes to which they are currently assigned and have been assigned in the past, and the dates of those assignments. If such a database exists, I have not been able to locate it. In the absence of such a comprehensive resource, one thing ...more »

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Submitted by (@ejayes1)

Transparency, needed reforms

Every archdiocese in the country should open their records and allow for an independent investigation of reported sexual abuse crimes. Settlements , lawsuits, and the disposition of cases should be made public. The statute of limitations on sexual abuse crimes should be lifted. I do not believe the investigation of crimes of sexual abuse can be credibly accomplished by the church hierarchy. They have demonstrated ...more »

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Submitted by (@jeankennedy)

Jesus' Apostles (priests?)

Jesus chose 12 ordinary men with wives & children. Jesus never spoke about celibacy - abortion, contraception, homosexuality. Just "Love God. love neighbor". Our church is all about issues of sex. The church in first 4 centuries flourished with normal men and women as disciples. He had always had women close in his circle and never said they were less. Treated them equal in his love. Praised Mary over Martha. ...more »

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Submitted by (@kredpathbeal)

LANGUAGE

Remove the word "men" from the phrase in the creed that says "for us men and our salvation. The writer knows that the word "men" means all humankind in literary and Biblical language. In present day parlance, however, it is important to simply say"for us and our salvation". The American Episcopal Church which shares with us our liturgical rotation of readings as well as most liturgical wordings in the Mass dropped the ...more »

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Submitted by (@kredpathbeal)

TRANSPARENCY

Call for transparency at all levels of the Roman Catholic Church from the Holy Father down to parish level for the last fifty years. Rescind. and stop the the statute of limitations for criminal acts of child abuse and sexual abuse of adults.

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Submitted by (@jetomlinson)

More of the Same - Canned Rhetoric Designed to Minimize Damage

These pedophiles, protected and thereby enabled by church leaders, need to be held accountable, not for their sins, but for their felony crimes. Those that protect(ed) them need toe be prosecuted. Efforts by the Vatican, past and present, are designed to mitigate the damage....nothing more. McCarrick was himself a preeminent figure in the Phila. Bishops Conference decades ago. The Church tamped down the damage and ...more »

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Submitted by (@countererrorist1)

It is time for some battlefield promotions.

It is time for some battlefield promotions. While I personally dislike the martial metaphor, it may speak to prelates who, like Pope Francis, belong to a religious order based on a military model. American Catholics are now engaged in a battle for survival on a field where competent leaders appear to be few and far between; so it's time that soldiers who are trained, committed, and eager to serve be promoted from the ...more »

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Submitted by (@willard1)

FOREGIVENESS

As to those who would attack the Faith, what we are seeing is not the result of the Church's teachings. Rather, it is what happens when those in the Church neglect her teachings. Moreover, can we accept this test sent to us by God? Can we, as sinners ourselves, demonstrate forgiveness toward clergy who have offended God and mankind? To assist us in this difficult process we should be inspired by the words of Pope Francis ...more »

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Submitted by (@jay.hauck)

Only the truth can set us free

"…[T]he truth will set you free." John 8:32 If Satan himself wanted to do one thing to undermine the Church, I don't think he could have dreamed up a more diabolical way to do it than to have priests abuse children and have bishops cover it up. The victims – both children and adult - must be kept first and foremost in our prayers. What has happened to them has been horrific. The coverup has compounded that horror. ...more »

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"Season of Healing" in the Archdiocese – too soon?

Today I picked up the Catholic Standard and was struck by the article on 9/20/18 reporting on the "Season of Healing" for sex abuse survivors that opened in the Archdiocese in mid-September. Juxtapose that with a new Washington Post article this weekend highlighting that Cardinal Wuerl most likely new of former Cardinal McCarrick's sexual misconduct as early as 2005, yet denied any knowledge of it. Today at mass I saw ...more »

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Submitted by (@laycatholic1)

The wounds clericalism inflicts

Forgive the redundancy if this was mentioned at the Sept. 16 meeting. Regarding the scandals presently rocking the Church, caused by Theodore McCarrick and Donald Wuerl. Aside from the devastation, pain, damage, indignity caused by former Cdl McCarrick's actual decades of abuse (some of which was common knowledge), we are suffering with the painful realization that seemingly no one who was his peer or superior (the ...more »

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Submitted by (@faanania)

Begin with review of Vatican II and perhaps time for Vatican III

While I am a member of Holy Trinity Parish, I frequently attend Blessed Sacrament Parish. I was considering moving my membership until I learned of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report this summer. I grew up in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish priest condemned my mother for not sending us to his catholic school. We learned in the Grand Jury report that this priest was molesting 8-10 year old girls repeatedly. Their ...more »

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Submitted by (@countererrorist1)

Stop expecting clerics to do what they are incapable of doing.

Over at least the past half-century, clerics at every level have conclusively demonstrated that they cannot manage human or financial resources wisely, effectively, and with respect for the congregations of faithful Catholics who have entrusted them not only with massive amounts of wealth, property, and free labor but with the greatest treasure we possess: our children. To say that these priests, bishops, and cardinals ...more »

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Submitted by (@amrahill)

Recommendations from two lifelong Catholics

We are both 72 years old, lifelong Catholics whose children attended Catholic schools from first grade through college. We write these statements with conviction, but also with great sadness. Because of its mishandling of clerical sexual abuse, the church has lost both credibility and moral authority. If the church is serious about regaining credibility and moral authority, several things must happen: 1. All dioceses ...more »

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Submitted by (@countererrorist1)

Stop confusing crimes with sins and psychiatric disorders.

Stop confusing crimes with sins and psychiatric disorders. Sins may be forgiven, but crimes must be punished; diseases—even incurable ones like pedophilia—can be treated, but sexual assault demands prosecution in a court of law. Whether the perpetrator is ordained is irrelevant and cannot in any way exempt him from the consequences of his criminal behavior. If the Church has abetted, shielded, and financially supported ...more »

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Submitted by (@laycatholic1)

Priest Formation

While having married priests and women priests, as other denominations do, are appealing possibilities, resolving the practicalities of that seems a long way off. Meanwhile, there needs to be a renewed focus on seminary training. Perhaps the seminaries are already including women and married professors and spiritual directors, and this is definitely to the good. The "downside" of the seminary culture (at least in ...more »

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Submitted by (@momof2boys)

Encourage and support our nuns

God calls both men and women to serve. Nuns and priests working side by side have always seemed a natural order to things. Perhaps women who answer Gods call need more support, guidance and honor for the valuable contribution they make to our Catholic faith and revealing the paschal mystery. Do we have any nuns "on staff" at Blessed Sacrament. Please forgive my ignorance in any of my comments.

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Submitted by (@rjredpath)

Searchable Database of Allegations and Resolution

Improve transparency in the way allegations are handled and resolved. Develop a searchable public database operated by an independent third party detailing allegations made against a particular priest and the outcome of the resulting investigation. We can do this for virtually every other profession - doctor, lawyers, financial professionals - via their overseeing regulatory agency or by searching public litigaton ...more »

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Submitted by (@cplincoln)

Adapt or die

I'm hoping and praying that the hierarchy will put everything related to vocations to clerical and religious life up for examination and change, relying on the Holy Spirit and recognizing that these are matters of tradition and doctrine, not dogma. God's creation illustrates the truth of the simple phrase adapt or die. This does not mean blow with prevailing winds or chase trends. It means that to live over time and ...more »

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Submitted by (@dbyers4)

Context: The 2002 Crisis vs. the Current One

The sex abuse crisis, 2018 version, is quite different from the 2002 crisis. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Adults the USCCB adopted sixteen years ago has by and large been effective. The most recent USCCB-funded audit of American dioceses conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate shows that, during the period July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017, individuals ...more »

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