"Everyone is here to grow in their faith."
"The people of God deserve servant-leaders who are holy, joyful and competent in their ministry."
"Silence in the face of the events of recent months cannot be an option."
"Christmas as a secular holiday has overtaken Christmas as a religious celebration."
"The faith of our people is unshakable."
The council will meet again Dec. 10-12.
"We are facing painful times as a church."
"The Holy Father requires our collaboration."
"We fear these measures will not be enough . . . to meet the demands this pastoral crisis presents."
"We need to be clear where we stand and tell our people where we stand."