Clergy abuse leads to ‘day of atonement’ in Maine

Posted April 05, 2011, at 5:36 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholics has set aside a special “day of atonement” to help heal the wounds of clergy sexual abuse.

Tuesday’s day of penance and prayer includes a special Mass led by Bishop Richard Malone at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. The mass begins at 12:15 p.m.

Pastors and administrators throughout Maine are being urged to open their churches for at least a few hours during the day for people to join in prayer and acts of penance.