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Statement on removal of two priests from public ministry
Two priests have been removed from public ministry by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. The actions follow an independent investigation and a subsequent review and recommendation by the diocesan Review Board, which includes lay professionals in law, child protection, law enforcement and psychology who advise the Bishop in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of …

USCCB Administrative Committee statement on sex-abuse scandals
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.” Turning to the Lord “When each of us was ordained as a bishop, …

Day of Penance by Priests in Union with the Bishop, Sept. 14, 2018
Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – In his letter addressed to the faithful on August 20, 2018, Bishop Matano addressed the very disturbing and tragic situation revealed by the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing clerical sexual abuse of minors, further worsened by the reports concerning Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. …

Bishop Matano’s Letter to the Faithful, Aug. 20, 2018
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I deeply regret that I must write to you about a subject so very disturbing and tragic within the Church. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing clerical sexual abuse of minors has been shocking and very upsetting to members within the Church and those who are not members of the Church. In the words

Letter of Pope Francis to the People of God
Wednesday September 26th, 2018 LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of …

USCCB President Renews Commitment for Greater Effectiveness and Transparency in Disciplining Bishops
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued the following statement. Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows: “In communion with the Holy Father, I join the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in taking upon ourselves his exhortation, ‘this open wound …

USCCB statement on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion.In response to today’s Pennsylvania grand jury report, Cardinal DiNardo joins Bishop Timothy L. …