On Sun., Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m., at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Morristown, Voice of the Faithful New Jersey plans to present Msgr. Kenneth Lasch speaking on Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Letter, Motu Proprio, “Like a Loving Mother.”
On June 4, Pope Francis promulgated a new law applicable to the entire church. Issued as a motu proprio (of one’s own initiative), the letter is entitled “Come una madre amorevole” in Italian and translated “Like a loving mother.” It specifies that the love and care of the smallest and most vulnerable in the Christian community is the responsibility of the community as a whole but particularly pastors, bishops, and eparchs who, under Canon Law, can be removed from office “for grave causes” which include negligence in performance of their duties, especially in dealing with the “sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”
Lasch has been a leading advocate for survivors of abuse for more than three decades. He is retired from St. Joseph’s Parish in Mendham where at least two dozen boys were sexually abused by a former pastor. When a few young men came forward to report the crime,Lasch immediately offered the victims compassion and consolation, and led their efforts not only to heal but pursue justice from the Diocese of Paterson and other entities.
All are invited to attend on Sept. 18, to hear Lasch’s informed, expert, assessment.
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