Speaking OUT to end clergy sexual misconduct.

A few weeks ago I reported good news from the Episcopal Church: a call from top leaders for the church to repent for having mishandled complaints of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct. The letter from the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies called for an Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer, but did not offer any specific prayers. 

I have more good news. A newly formed task force in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, the Task Force for the Compassionate Care of Victims of Clergy Sexual Misconduct*, has provided those prayers. The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, co-author of the forementioned letter, has published San Diego’s revised Ash Wednesday Litany of Penitence to the whole church. Here’s the announcement  and here’s the litany

Episcopalian readers, please consider encouraging your parish priest to use this litany on Ash Wednesday.

* Full disclosure: I serve on this task force, which is good news in and of itself. I no longer belong to any Episcopal congregation, yet the diocese invited me to serve. When I started this blog in 2013, I named it “Survivors Awaken the Church” more out of hope than experience — but it seems that if we are patient and persistent, we really can open eyes. Have hope, fellow survivors!

Comments on: "Episcopal Litany for Ash Wednesday" (2)

  1. Eric Bonetti said:

    Catherine,

    I am very glad to hear that your wonderful efforts are gaining traction! Keep up the good work!

    More news on this end: My former rector is now claiming that I threatened him, and has filed police charges. Not true, but the ugly saga continues. Your prayers–and those of anyone else so inclined–would be most welcome.

  2. Amy Nachman said:

    Happily, we used those prayers at St. Mary’s throughout Lent; I was so pleased and thought of you each time I said the words. Very therapeutic and important.

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