The Most Reverend Charles Chaput, Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, the Archbishiop of Philadelphia, is the first Native American Archbishiop; he was only the second Native American bishop. In a recent weekly address, Chaput discussed "Easter and Its Implications, Here and Now," stating:
"April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a painful but also a graced moment. We need to pause and remember the survivors of abuse in our actions and in our prayers – no matter where, or at the hands of whom and what institution, the abuse occurred. As the words of Pope Francis remind us, it’s vital to the vocation of the Church to protect the people in her care and to lead others to do the same by her witness. In the coming years, we need to keep that fact close to our hearts, and live accordingly."
The full text of Chaput's address is available here. To read more about Chaput, click here. To read Chaput's statement, "Holy Week and the Path to Easter, 2013," click here. Additionally, more statements and weekly addresses from Chaput are available here.
“The vocation of being a ‘protector,’ however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone.” –Pope Francis, inaugural Mass homily