‘Day of Atonement’ in Diocese of Scranton

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- The Diocese of Scranton is calling for the Catholic community to pause this weekend. Parishioners are urged to pray and fast and a number of churches will hold special masses.

A service Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Dunmore is one of many being held across the diocese because of the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.

We spoke with people heading to mass earlier in the day in Scranton about what this "day of atonement " means to them.

Catholics gathered for noon mass in Scranton on Friday. Tim Carr has been attending service for a quarter of a century and says this weekend's day of atonement is needed for the entire Catholic church.

"The scandal is really hurting the church and the priests need to, and the pope needs to handle this, not try to escape from it," Carr said.

Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton has called for church members to fast and pray during the day of atonement and healing.

Carr says child sex abuse scandals have plagued the Catholic Church and members say it is time for the church to heal.

"It is righteous anger," Carr said. "I do not hate the priests that have been committing sodomy, but I do want the bad priest removed."

"Child abuse is a very serious and I think we need to all look at that," said Ken Quigley of Dunmore.

Parishioners tell Newswatch 16 they will be spending time praying for their church leaders as well as the victims

"As a Catholic as I am you have to figure this out. You have to forgive people," said Billy Nolan of Scranton.

Services for the day of atonement continue through Saturday.

Bishop Bambera will be holding a mass at 12:10 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center across from St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.


  • Jeff Woehrle

    It strains credulity to suggest that a single parishioner has anything whatsoever to “atone” for. That atonement should be by the homosexuals who committed the abuse, and the church management who used parishioner funds to make the problems go away.


  • Jim Burnetti

    How about the priests fast while serving a feast to any parishioners still willing to fund the operation? They can use some of the funds raised by selling all of the closed neighborhood/ethnic churches. While the clergy is atoning, they can reflect on how much larger the recruiting pool would be by including single and married men and women in incoming classes at the seminary.

  • lickerblisters

    Hey Catholics, keep donating your hard earned money. That way the priests can keep making good on their molestation settlements. You all are the enablers! Find a real religion. Catholicism is only a front for pedophilia. WAKE UP!

  • burtfan16

    Typical church thinking. Let’s have a day of atonement and all will be well with the world. And why do parishioners need to atone and fast?

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