Pope Francis has arrived in Alberta (Canada) near where I live. He has come to apologize for a sorry legacy of past abuses of indigenous children in residential schools run by the Catholic Church. I cannot believe that people who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ could have done the terrible things that are alleged. There is a lesson to be learned: The most effective attacks against Christ's Church (be it Catholic, Orthodox, or evangelical) do not come from outside the Church but from scandal within. I came across a Twitter message from Pope Francis. I commented and forwarded it to people of the greater Christian community.
“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup