Eucharist & Betrayal

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  • August 25, 2020
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By Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield

A Spirit Fire friend raises the Eucharist to help the agony of betrayal heal.

Spirit Fire survivors offer friendship to priests in a mission which cultivates true healing in the Church person to person, heart to heart. We are blessed to encounter priests who are able to face the reality of abuse with us without flinching. They listen and weave together our experience, which at its core begins as betrayal, with the depth of the treasury of faith.

Rev. Msgr. Brian Bransfield, is one such priest. He has just published an article, Holy Eucharist (USCCB website, August 18, 2020) about betrayal, placing it at the heart of the Eucharist — and Eucharist at the heart of healing.

Ultimately, Jesus is the only One who will understand. We go to Him in the Eucharist. It was in the context of betrayal that He gave us the Eucharist: “…on the night He was betrayed …”  

Rev. Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield

Holy Eucharist is worth a read for all who are wounded by the betrayal of abuse in the Church … and for all who aspire to offer pastoral care for those who are recovering from the depth of such betrayal. Indeed, everyone in life experiences betrayal, so Msgr. Bransfield’s article can help you with the pain of betrayal still aching in your heart.

Read here, in the context of the Eucharist, about the safe place we lost and need to recreate, about the long-suffering process of recovery, about the struggle to be heard and understood as a pathway to freedom from betrayal and abuse. Here is an article from a priest who has listened with heart and who understands our tears. It is an article that can help us imagine a new, authentic closeness to our Savior.


Reverend Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield was ordained in 1994 as a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and has served as general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops since 2015. He has written several books, including Living the Beatitudes: A Journey to Life in Christ.

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