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Phoenix Bishop Calls for ‘Humility and Courage’ to Face Difficult Years Ahead

The Church must face the fallout of the abuse scandal with humility and courage, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has said, while predicting “very difficult” years ahead for the Church.

“We need a spirit of humility, but also courage and praise for the mercy of God who is always present and working within us,” said Olmsted in an interview published by the Catholic Sun Nov. 22 to mark the 50th anniversary of the diocese.

“There’s a need for a sense of humility, especially with what we have had to face in the terrible scandal,” said Olmsted. “When those who are ordained to serve others are actually taking advantage of others, that’s a horrible scandal.”

Olmsted said that humility in the face of failures was essential in seeking God’s forgiveness and mercy.

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