Oct 12, 2016 / 12:59 am
Seeking God’s forgiveness for generations of failures in the Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit held a Mass of Pardon asking God for grace and mercy.
“Repent and believe in the Good News, this is an inseparable prayer,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said in his homily for the Oct. 7 Mass.
He said the Mass is about “transforming those faults in our sins, the wounds we bear that bear death, and transforming those wounds into new sources of life.”
“That’s what pardon is in the Kingdom of God. It’s not about forgetting, it’s about transformation. Transforming our lives though Jesus Christ, now and forever,” the archbishop said, according to the Michigan Catholic.
Auxiliary Bishops Michael Byrnes, Arturo Cepeda and Donald Hanchon concelebrated the Mass with the archbishop at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
At the start of Mass, the archbishop and bishops processed in and laid prostate before the altar as a long litany of sins and failures was recited between sung portions of the Kyrie, “Lord have mercy.”
The litany asked forgiveness for sins committed throughout the years, by clergy and faithful. They asked forgiveness, as a Church, for “ignoring the Word of God… and hiding behind policies and procedures,” for failures to protect children from sex abuse and for failing “to take to heart the Lord’s condemnation of those who scandalize ‘the little ones’.”
They sought pardon for “turning a deaf ear to the cries of the poor,” abandoning the widow and orphan, and institutionalized racism. Their other objects of penitence included “cowardice in confronting the culture of death,” “turning a blind eye to corruption,” and even for ill-prepared homilies.
They sought pardon for “tearing each other to pieces by our choosing bitterness, vanity, self-glory and worldly ways” and for “not picking up our crosses and following Jesus, for avoiding the purifying pains that come with a life of faith, hope and love.”
Archbishop Vigneron’s homily further reflected on penitence as an inherent part of Christian life.
“We’re repenting so that we can receive the Good News and share the Good News,” the archbishop said. “To be a band of joyful missionary disciples, we must first be evangelized. And to be evangelized, we must first repent.” …
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