Here is the text of Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik’s reflection during a special ‘Service of Apology” he led this past Tuesday during Holy Week at St. Paul Cathedral.
“If you have been harmed by the church in any way, I invite you to come,” the bishop said when he announced the service March 13 in his column “Bridging the Gap” in the diocesan newspaper, the Pittsburgh Catholic. “There will be nothing expected of you but your presence and your willingness to pray with me.”
He said that he began holding the services in 2000 when he was the bishop of Green Bay, Wis. His inspiration was a jubilee-year apology Pope John Paul II made for sins of members of the church, sometimes committeed in the name of the church. Bishop Zubik was installed as Pittsburgh’s bishop in September 2007.