Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
The Church has been rocked and shaken by the recent information concerning former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick as well as the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report that described in graphic detail the experiences of at least a thousand victims of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and at the hands of priests over seventy years. As Pope Francis recently stated: “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them …” The Pope has invited us to acknowledge and condemn with sorrow and shame these atrocities and to beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. We often print in our bulletin the hotline number which can be called to report any suspected child abuse or abuse of a vulnerable adult. Please find the information below as well. Please take action if you sense something is not right. Let us continue to work together with faith in the Lord and trust that God will guide us.
Also, at the bottom of the page you will find links to Bishop Matano's letter along with Pope Francis's letter in response to the crisis.
Rev. Kevin E. McKenna
Any victim of sexual abuse by clergy or other church personnel is encouraged to contact civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester contact Deborah Housel, victim assistance coordinator, at 585-328-3210 x1555 or toll free 1-800-388-7177 x1555 or by email at [email protected]