Writing in his own name as a Catholic, a priest, and a bishop -- and not on behalf of his diocese, the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), or the Church as a whole, Bishop Barron reaches out to readers who are wounded and disillusioned. Courtesy of WordOnFire.org. Used with permission. All rights reserved.[/caption] Letter to a Suffering Church is available in bulk quantities of 20 copies or more at the rate of $1 per copy with free shipping. If you wish to order a single copy of Letter to a Suffering Church, the cost to you will be $5.95 for shipping -- the book itself is free. This is not a for-profit venture on the part of Bishop Barron or WordOnFire.org. The book's publication costs were offset by donations, and any profits from the book will be directed to trusted organizations that help victims of sexual abuse. Visit SufferingChurchBook.com to learn more about Letter to a Suffering Church, download free resources for your parish, view an interactive timeline of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, and watch Bishop Barron's videos on this important topic. Letter to a Suffering Church is encouragement for souls weary from the crisis our Church currently faces.
I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit. What I finally urge my brothers and sisters in the Church to do is to stay and fight — and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Of course, I’m also happy if those outside the Church find some illumination in these chapters as well. ... My prayer is that these reflections might encourage Catholics who are attempting to navigate today in very choppy waters. (Preface, Letter to a Suffering Church)
Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
About the Author
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is coming in May 2021 from Our Sunday Visitor.