Eucharistic adoration at the Vatican in reparation for abuse

(CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is hosting two hours of eucharistic adoration “in reparation for abuses committed by priests and for the healing of this wound within the church.”

The service in St. Peter’s Basilica this Saturday will feature an hour of silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, an hour of prayer and meditation, and a solemn blessing at the end.

The unusual initiative was organized by Catholic university students in Rome. Sources said the event was originally planned for the small Church of St. Anne inside Vatican City, but that it was moved to St. Peter’s at the suggestion of Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who is archpriest of the basilica.

So far, however, the Vatican has not publicized the event. Invitations have been forwarded by email and spread by word-of-mouth.

The hour of prayer and meditation will be led by Msgr. Charles Scicluna, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who deals directly with cases of priests accused of abuse of minors.

In several recent statements, Pope Benedict has said the response to the sex abuse crisis in the church will require openness, adoption of new measures to protect children and spiritual reparation.

In a letter to Irish Catholics earlier this year, he asked that eucharistic adoration be set up in every diocese, so that “through intense prayer before the real presence of the Lord, you can make reparation for the sins of abuse that have done so much harm.”

6 Responses

  1. My worry is that Bishops practice ‘cafeteria’ Catholicism when it comes to Papal mandates they don’t like. I hope the diocesan shephards set aside valuable time for intense prayer before the presence of Christ for this purpose.

  2. what an encouragement to the universal church that reparation is being made for this unspeakable crime by those who love Jesus in the Eucharist

  3. Here is the website…it is an initiative of Pontifical University students of Rome: https://sites.google.com/site/holyhourinreparationatstpeters/

  4. May many bishops follow Rome’s example in offering reparation, and asking Jesus to provide healing. As in all habits of sin, repentance must be sincere, and accompanied by determination not to repeat these sins.
    TeaPot562

  5. A step in the correct direction. Perhaps prayers should focus on a much needed rehabilitation of the entire priesthood in which duty to God is placed above misguided loyalty to fellow priests. Would be good to pray for a turn away from the precepts of psychology to the solid foundations of the gospels. Too many priests place the secular tenets of psychology above the truths of faith. We can pray for a change.

  6. For an American vocation of reparation, which makes reparation for our own sins, and those of priests not living their vows, contact Reparatrix at PO Box 1112 Park Ridge il 60068 Approved Rule and Constitutions, vocation is lived in place.

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