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Letter from Bishop

October 25, 2018

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
On October 9, parishes throughout the Diocese of Austin joined me in celebrating Masses
of Reparation to pray for victims of sexual abuse by clergy and to ask God’s forgiveness for the
sins of those who harmed children. These Masses were one step toward healing in our Church due
to this latest scandal.

In our Catholic tradition, to make reparation means to offer to God an act of compensation
or to make amends of one’s own sins or the sins of others against Christ. The act is a way to repair
Christ’s heart, which has been wounded by sin.

We must continue to address our need for prayer and acts of reparation for the damage
caused to our relationship with God, society and the reputation of the Church. To that end, I will
inaugurate a “Year of Reparation” on November 1, 2018, the Solemnity of All Saints. It is fitting
on this day to begin this year-long observance invoking the intercession of all saints in heaven to
pray for us as we work to bring an end to the evil of abuse of children. You will find
recommendations of prayers and actions on the diocesan website.

You are constantly in my prayers and I ask for your prayers for me and our Church.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin

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