Remembering 9/11: US bishops call for "remembrance, resolve, renewal"

The USCCB President Timothy Dolan released the following statement late Thursday, in advance of this weekend’s commemoration:

“As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, it is a time for remembrance, resolve and renewal.

We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who died, were injured or lost loved ones.In a special way we recall the selfless first responders—firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and other brave persons—who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others.

We also remember how our nation responded to the terrifying events of that day—we turned to prayer, and then turned to one another to offer help and support.Hands were folded in prayer and opened in service to those who had lost so much.

We resolve today and always to reject hatred and resist terrorism.The greatest resource we have in these struggles is faith.Ten years ago our Conference of Bishops issued a Pastoral Message, Living with Faith and Hope after September 11, which drew on the rich resources of our Catholic faith to minister to our nation and world.The truth of that Pastoral Message still resonates today.

A decade later we remain resolved to reject extreme ideologies that perversely misuse religion to justify indefensible attacks on innocent civilians, to embrace persons of all religions, including our Muslim neighbors, and to welcome refugees seeking safety.We steadfastly refrain from blaming the many for the actions of a few and insist that security needs can be reconciled with our immigrant heritage without compromising either one.Gratefully mindful of the continuing sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces, and their families, we also resolve to bring a responsible end to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This tenth anniversary of 9/11 can be a time of renewal.Ten years ago we came together across religious, political, social and ethnic lines to stand as one people to heal wounds and defend against terrorism.As we face today’s challenges of people out of work, families struggling, and the continuing dangers of wars and terrorism, let us summon the 9/11 spirit of unity to confront our challenges.Let us pray that the lasting legacy of 9/11 is not fear, but rather hope for a world renewed.

In remembering the fateful events of September 11, 2001, may we resolve to put aside our differences and join together in the task of renewing our nation and world.Let us make our own the prayer of Pope Benedict XVI when he visited Ground Zero in New York in 2008:

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain….

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world

where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.”

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4 responses to “Remembering 9/11: US bishops call for "remembrance, resolve, renewal"”

  1. That’s fine, but may I ask why he’s not objecting to Mayor Bloomberg’s exclusion of religion from the 10th anniversery ceremony? I’m really disappointed no one of stature is objecting.

  2. Agree with Manny, exclusion of people of faith (Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, etc.) from the official program of 9/11 and making it a totally secular memorial makes Bloomberg the Commissar of New York not the mayor.

    From our Catholic side our Bishops, including Archbishop Dolan should be strongly and publicly protesting such a flagrant insult. Just because the Church rightly advocates peace does not mean people of faith can become walk mats to be dismissed.

    If mayor Bloomberg gets away with this, expect more of the same in the future.

  3. To put things into perspective, about 3000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    Over 10,000 children have accused priests of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests in the United States alone, in an act called “soul murder”, since the child never fully recovers, and they never have the same faith in God. The number is likely 3-5 times that number, since people like Archbishop Dolan immediately try to fight and discredit the victims. Just last month, he discredited the victim when a 16 year old girl came forward to accuse a priest of inappropriate contact.

    The Catholic League and their $399,000 a year front man immediately trashed her, even though the priest himself admitted to massaging her (and why, in God’s name, is a priest massaging a girl) and blamed her for wearing very short skirts. Dolan republishes the Catholic League bashing on his blog.

    Two of the biggest, loudest mouths in the Catholic church immediately discredit a poor, little 16 year old girl from the Bronx when she comes forward with the umpti-thousandth case of priest predator attacking child.

    Think that will stop other victims from coming forward? You bet. Great legal strategy. Horrible church.

    Catholic priests, leave us alone on 9/11. We’re trying to forget one enemy. We don’t need to be reminded of another.

  4. It seems to me that instead of forgetting an enemy, Mr. O’Malley, you can’t seem to contain your seething anger and perhaps hatred of Catholic priesthood. Hopefully you will temper your views and even if you consider that the Catholic Church is worse than Osama Bin Ladin, it is the Church of Jesus Christ, the greatest force for good on earth. May God grant you peace in your heart.

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