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A BISHOP SPEAKS ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS
Any and all profits from the sale of this book will go to trusted charities that support the victims of sexual abuse.
Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis
Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis
By Bishop Robert Barron
By Bishop Robert Barron
Paperback  |  122 Pages  |  Release Date: July 22, 2019
Paperback Book  |  122 Pages
Release Date: July 22, 2019
Retail Price: $9.95
Get one copy FREE when you pre-order today.
Additional copies are only $1/book.
Retail Price: $9.95
Get one copy FREE when you pre-order today.
Additional copies are only $1/book for your parish or group.
THESE PARISH RESOURCES ARE INCLUDED:
THESE PARISH RESOURCES ARE INCLUDED:
 Step-by-Step Parish Launch Plan
 Step-by-Step Parish Launch Plan
 Small Group Discussion & Study Guide
 Small Group Discussion & Study Guide
 FAQ Guide For Priests & Parish Leaders
 FAQ Guide For Priests & Parish Leaders
 Sample Parish Announcements
 Sample Parish Announcements
 5-Part Video Series from Bishop Barron to Email/Text Your Parish (via Flocknote)
 5-Part Video Series from Bishop Barron to Email/Text Your Parish (via Flocknote)
 Video Announcement from Bishop Barron to Play at Your Parish
 Video Announcement from Bishop Barron to Play at Your Parish
ABOUT THE BOOK:
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today.

It's been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruin.

Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?"

In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight.

Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.

For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.
The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today.

It's been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruin.

Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?"

In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight.

Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.

For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.
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Any and all profits from the sale of this book will go to trusted charities that support the victims of sexual abuse.
Here's What People Are Saying
"Bishop Barron’s letter on the abuse crisis is a gift to the Church."
- Gretchen R. Crowe
"Bishop Barron's 'Letter to a Suffering Church' is the exhortation to stay and fight that many Catholics need."
- Dr. Chad Pecknold
"Barron urges Catholics not to quit over scandals, but stay and fight."
- John L. Allen Jr.
"'Letter to a Suffering Church' is encouragement for souls weary from the crisis our Church currently faces."
- Barb Szyszkiewicz, O.F.S.
"Bishop Robert Barron pulls no punches in 'Letter to a Suffering Church,' making a direct and powerful appeal to every Catholic tempted to flee the Church after a hellish year of unremitting scandal."
- Joan Frawley Desmond
"Barron is not inviting Catholics to turn a blind eye, or to simply carry on with the status quo. He recognizes the anger, knows it’s justified, and nevertheless wants to keep people from abandoning the Eucharist, and all that the Church, and only the Church, can offer."
- Kathleen N. Hattrup
Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THE BOOK
ABOUT THE BOOK
Why did Bishop Barron write this book?
A recent Gallup poll has revealed that 37% of Catholics are considering leaving the Church due to the sexual abuse crisis. That’s disheartening, but this new book can help.

As Bishop Barron writes in the preface, “I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit. What I finally urge my brothers and sisters in the Church to do is to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Of course, I’m also happy if those outside the Church find some illumination in these chapters as well. . . . My prayer is that these reflections might encourage Catholics who are attempting to navigate today in very choppy waters.”
Is this book an official Catholic Church text?
No. Bishop Barron is not speaking in the name of his brother bishops, or the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, or the Vatican. He has no authority to do so. He is speaking in his own name, as a Catholic, a priest, and a bishop.
What's the goal with this book?
Bishop Barron wrote this book to encourage Catholics in the pew who are demoralized about the sexual abuse crisis to not leave the Church, but to stay and fight for reform, especially on behalf of the victims. 

We hope to distribute copies to as many Catholics as possible, mainly through parishes, which is why we're offering the book for just one dollar per copy.
When does the book debut?
Individuals and parishes can begin pre-ordering the book on Monday, May 13, 2019. Pre-orders will begin shipping in July 2019 and the book will be released to the public on July 22, 2019.
Who is publishing the book?
The book is published by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, Bishop Barron's 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
What's the size of the book?
The paperback book is 5" x 7" and contains 112 pages.
In which languages is it available?
Letter to a Suffering Church is available in both English and Spanish.
PRICING & SALES
PRICING & SALES
Are you trying to profit from the sexual abuse crisis? Where is my money going? 
No. This is not a money-making initiative. Any and all profits from the sale of this book will go to trusted charities that support the victims of sexual abuse.
Where can readers order the book?
The book is exclusively available online at Order.SufferingChurchBook.com. It is not currently available in other retail outlets. 
What is the pricing breakdown? 
We offer pre-packed quantities to purchase and share with others. A single copy is $5.95 to just cover the cost of shipping and handling. U.S. shipping is free for all other quantities. You can order 20 books for $19, 100 books for $99, 500 books for $499, and 1,000 books for $999. If you prefer to order any increment of 50, you can instead order from this page.
Does the book really cost only $1 per copy? 
Yes! Thanks to donors who helped offset the cost, the printed book is available to parishes for just one dollar per copy (with free shipping). Individuals can claim a free single copy if they cover the shipping/handling. We wanted to keep the cost as low as possible in order to distribute it to as many Catholics as possible.
How do I order different quantities than those offered on this page?
Any increment of 50 can be ordered in English here and in Spanish here.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards on this order page. PayPal may only be used to order increments of 50 books from this page. If you would like to be invoiced, please email us at book@wordonfire.org or call us at 844-975-2665.
Can I order by phone? 
Yes! Feel free to call us at 844-975-2665 to place an order. We are available 9am-5pm CST, Monday through Friday.
When will my card be charged? 
Your card is charged at the time of placing your pre-order, and the shipments begin leaving the warehouse in July.
How do I order both Spanish and English books? 
You need to order each language separately. There is a link on the order form and confirmation page that will bring you to the other language option to order. You can order English books here and Spanish books here.  
Can I make any changes after I have placed the order?
Because we are striving for maximum efficiency throughout the ordering and fulfillment process, we are utilizing a highly responsive system for taking orders. Unfortunately, this eliminates our ability to edit orders once they have been submitted. For urgent needs, please call 844-975-2665 or email us at book@wordonfire.org.
Can I return my order for a refund?
All sales are final and cannot be refunded.
How long does shipping take?
Pre-orders are expected to ship from our Illinois-based warehouse in July. From that point, depending on your distance from Illinois, your order should arrive within in 1-2 weeks. You'll receive a tracking notification when your order ships. Please allow extra time for Alaskan and Hawaiian deliveries.
Is the book only for U.S. residents?
Yes, the printed book is only available to residents of the United States. International readers can pre-order a digital copy through Amazon’s Kindle store here.
RESOURCES
RESOURCES
What else are you offering alongside the book?
The book's website, SufferingChurchBook.com, features many additional resources, including:
  •  An interactive timeline, highlighting key dates, figures, and events during the sexual abuse crisis
  •  Extra articles and videos from Bishop Barron about the abuse crisis 
  •  Parish launch resources, including sample bulletin and video announcements
  •  FAQ guide for pastors and parish staff to help them discuss the crisis with parishioners
We have also partnered with Flocknote, the leading email and texting tool for Catholic parishes, to create a five-part video series for parishes to use when they distribute the book. See below for more information.
How does the Flocknote email/texting course work?
To help parishes better engage parishioners with this book, Word on Fire has partnered with Flocknote, the leading email and texting tool for Catholics, to produce a free five-part video series to go along with the book.

The series contains prewritten emails, text messages, and discussion questions that are designed to help parishioners read through the book as a community and discuss it privately through a dedicated, parish-only discussion forum.

Think of it like a turn-key, parish-wide book study—all done through Flocknote, in just a couple clicks. The five-part course is available free inside the Flocknote Library for all active Flocknote parish users.
MEDIA REQUESTS
MEDIA REQUESTS
Is Bishop Barron available for interviews about the book?
Due to his responsibilities as bishop and his work at Word on Fire, Bishop Barron is unable to accept the large majority of interview requests. However, please submit your request here: https://www.wordonfire.org/interview-request
Whom can I contact with questions?
For questions about the book and its content, please email Brandon Vogt, the Content Director at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. His email is bvogt@wordonfire.org.

For sales-related questions, or to place a book order, please email book@wordonfire.org or call 844-975-2665.
Further Resources
Q&A ABOUT THE NEW BOOK
WHY REMAIN CATHOLIC WITH SO MUCH SCANDAL?
Q&A ABOUT THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS
For all of Bishop Barron's Resources on the sexual abuse crisis, visit https://www.SufferingChurchBook.com
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