found the book Restoring the Soul of a Church - Healing
Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct
a great help in broadening an understanding of clergy
sexual abuse. As a survivor with over 20 years of healing
behind me, I strongly recommend it to every member of
VOTF in an attempt to keep a balanced perspective regarding
the work and mission of VOTF. Hopkins & Laaser are the
editors of this work, which comes out of The Interfaith
Sexual Trauma Institute in Collegeville, MN. It can
be obtained from Liturgical Press." Pat Stachler,
would like to call VOTF attention to a little booklet
by Fr. Kenan Osborne, OFM entitled The Franciscan
Intellectual Tradition. In part, it discusses the
'causality' of the Sacraments and Eucharist as other
than the Thomistic "direct causality" but one in which
the priest and community together present the 'occasion'
for God to act in a Sacramental way. This makes the
priest and people together active partners in the Sacraments.
If we could recover more of this Franciscan Intellectual
Tradition, I think it would have a great effect on how
we think of the 'priest shortage' and keeping our sacraments
available to people." Fr. Leo Sprietsma, O.F.M, Old
Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
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