We are happy to share with you this letter recently received from Bishop Thomas Gumbleton. Bishop Gumbleton is a retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. At eighty-eight years young he has witnessed a great deal of history, both within these United States and within the Catholic Church. He was appointed a bishop in 1968, one of the more turbulent years in US history, and he has been a priest for 64 years, having been ordained on June 2, 1956. Bishop Gumbleton was the founding president of Pax Christi USA in 1972. Pax Christi is an organization devoted to promoting peace, and Bishop Gumbleton remains one of the organizations “Ambassadors for Peace.” He has been arrested for civil disobedience, labeled a radical, and scorned by his brother bishops because of his progressive views on numerous church matters. He understands what it is like to be falsely accused; he understands the pain of betrayal. In spite of the indifference of his brother bishops, Bishop Gumbleton has remained faithful, and his love for the church, which has so often been unkind to him, has not diminished. It is for this reason that the following letter from retired Bishop Thomas Gumbleton should be such a source of encouragement to Parishioners For Justice.