“The Future of the Church” at Santa Clara University Update

 A follow-up to the June BACAR Discussion Group was the gathering at Santa Clara University on August 17, 2019, sponsored by the Pastoral Ministries Department of SCU. Father Tom Reese, SJ, Dr. Rosemary Ellmer, Elizabeth Avalos, BVM, Kelsey Connolly, and Mari-Soco Cortez were the Panelists addressing the topic The Future of the Church. If you would like to see the Panel’s Video Conversation go to Vimeo and use the password scu819

Below is a reflection by Marcus Cabrera of the BACAR Discussion Group held at the Marie Rose Center on June 29, 2019

BACAR with the assistance of the Sisters of the Holy Names, hosted  a much needed day of prayer and reflection on the topic of the sex abuse in the Church.

Through the Sisters’ measured, prayerful, and above all, hopeful approach into the pain of the the sex abuse scandal, participants, lay and religious,  were able to forge a path from pain to healing. Expert discussion led by Dr. Rosemary Ellmer and prayerful reflection led by Sister Marilyn Wilson, BVM were intertwined, giving all participants a space to heal in their own way from wounds in their own lives.

While the gathering focused on the sex abuse scandal, the meeting offered a broad opportunity for participants to inspect areas where we all need the grace of Christ.

I strongly encourage all to participate in these healing sessions and let the Sisters carry and challenge you to a place of assessment, discussion, healing, and – by the grace of God – even resurrection.

Marcus Cabrera
Director of Life, Justice, and Peace
Diocese of San Jose

Previous events on the sex abuse crisis

In January, 2019 The Life, Peace, and Justice Commission of the Diocese of San Jose sponsored a Day of Healing for those who are victims of sexual abuse and for their family, friends and colleagues.

The day began with a prayer service and a reflection on the sex abuse crisis which was given by Rosemary Elmer, M.Div.,PHD.  Rosemary had been invited by Bishop McGrath to attend all of the listening sessions held in the Diocese in the fall of 2018. Rosemary used those listening sessions as a background to her reflection.

Her reflection Can Catholics Survive the Clergy Abuse Crisis? Some Psychological and Theological Reflections by Rosemary M. Ellmer, M.Div., Ph.D is posted on the Theological Studies website.  Click Here to read the article.

There will be an update regarding next steps with this article.  Check this website May 1, 2019 for more information