As I head into an important week of prayer and deliberation on the recent crisis of sexual abuse by clergy in the Church, I would like to let this local Church know of the spiritual commitment that I and my brother bishops have undertaken in preparation.
“The Church has been gravely wounded by the abuse crisis and we must begin the healing process by eliminating the evil of sexual abuse,” writes Daniel Cardinal DiNardo in his Oct. 23 A Shepherd's Message column.
The last few months have been very difficult in the life of the Church. With the confirmed sexual abuse of minors and seminarians by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his removal from the College of Cardinals, as well as the publication of a detailed report of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in six dioceses of the State of Pennsylvania, a genuine state of moral and spiritual crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States has hit us all with great force.
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