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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 In these summer months we have been faced with several reports in the national and international news of misconduct by Church leaders in the area of sexual abuse.

The revelations of misconduct and negligence in protecting both youth and adults from harm point to serious moral failures in the institutional Church.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 The family is the fundamental center of human life. The love, support and formation that takes place within a family—shared by a father and mother with their children—is essential to the fulfillment of God’s plan for us as individuals and as community. This cannot be overstated.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 We’ve heard about the so-called “silo mentality” in the business world – when different divisions or departments within an organization become hyper-focused on their day-to-day initiatives, to the exclusion of wider collaboration and pursuit of a shared vision.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 “There was no room for them in the inn.”

 The Gospel of Luke famously tells us that when Mary and Joseph sought a place for the birth of Jesus, their preferred location was not available.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 A fresh start…

 A do-over…

 Hitting the reset button…

 Turning the page…

 We are all familiar with these colloquialisms that describe the fundamental need of human beings to be redeemed from struggle and sin.

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By Most Reverend Gerald Barnes

 The coming months are a time of year that many look forward to; moments of family gatherings and no shortage of celebrations in our Church. We have All Saints and All Souls, Thanksgiving, major Feast Days for the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe, and, of course, the liturgical seasons of Advent and then Christmas. We look forward to the relaxation of Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, gift giving, eating delicious foods and spending time with friends and family. 

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