Bishop’s Statement Spanish

17 de Agosto de 2018

Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

Es con gran dolor que escribo sobre las horrorosas historias detalladas en el reporte del Gran Jurado de Pennsylvania, detallando el abuso sexual a menores por miembros del clero. Es vergonzoso pensar que algunos obispos y otros en posiciones de autoridad hayan fallado en reconocer la gravedad del abuso de menores y que no hayan tornado medidas para detenerlo. Yo entiendo que esto ha sido doloroso y confuso para los fieles. Es aun mas doloroso para los sobrevivientes del abuso del clero, quienes son forzados a vivir este trauma de nuevo cuando escuchan historias de este abuso maligno en contra de mas de 1.000 menores inocentes. Las heridas de esta traici6n se abren de nuevo. Yo se que solo palabras no pueden expresar la rabia y el dolor que muchos estan sintiendo. Unicamente Jesus puede traer sanaci6n en medio de esta oscuridad y quebrantamiento.

Mucha gente ha perdido su confianza en la Iglesia Cat6lica, y toda palabra es vacia sin acci6n. Aqui en la Di6cesis de Brooklyn, nosotros continuamos insistiendo que aquellas personas que han sido victimas de abuso sexual, o que tengan conocimiento de abuso sexual cometido por un miembro del clero, empleado diocesano, o voluntario lo reporten inmediatamente. Quejas reportadas a la linea diocesana 1-888-634-4499 seran reportadas directamente a las autoridades civiles y quienes lo reportan seran atendidos con compasi6n, apoyo y preocupaci6n. Estamos comprometidos a asegurar que los menores y los mas vulnerables esten protegidos, que las victimas-sobrevivientes sean escuchadas, y que los protocolos para reportar las alegaciones a las autoridades sean estrictamente seguidos. Nuestro Programa lndependiente de Reconciliaci6n y Compensaci6n (IRCP) le ha permitido a cientos de victimas buscar algun sentido de reconocimiento y compensaci6n.

La Iglesia ha avanzado mucho durante los ultimos 15 afios, pero no debemos jamas ser complacientes. Nunca debemos de dejar de trabajar para proteger en contra del mal que ha herido y ha destruido tantos dentro de la Iglesia. N osotros seguiremos comprometidos a recuperar la confianza de los fieles.

Sinceramente en Cristo,

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Obispo de Brooklyn

Bishop’s Statement English

Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Brooklyn

August 17, 2018

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It is with great sorrow that I address the horrific stories in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. It is shameful to think that some bishops and others in positions of authority would have failed to recognize the gravity of child abuse and not taken greater steps to stop it. I know this has been hurtful and confusing to the faithful. It is even more painful to the survivors of clergy abuse who are forced to relive their trauma when they hear additional accounts of evil perpetrated against more than a thousand innocent children. The wounds of betrayal continue to be reopened. I know that words alone cannot express the anger and pain that many are feeling. Only Jesus can bring about healing in the midst of such darkness and brokenness.

Many people have lost trust in the Catholic Church, and words are empty without action. Here in the Diocese of Brooklyn, we continue to urge anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse, or is aware of sexual abuse committed by a member of the clergy, a diocesan employee, or volunteer to report it. Allegations called into the diocesan reporting line at 1-888-634-4499 will be immediately turned over to law enforcement and callers will be met with compassion, support, and concern. We are committed to ensuring that children and the most vulnerable are protected, that victim-survivors are heard, and that protocols to immediately and directly report allegations to law enforcement are strictly followed. Our Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) has allowed hundreds of victims to seek some sense of closure and compensation.

The Church has come a long way over the past 15 years, but we must never become complacent. We must never stop working to understand and protect against the evil that has hurt and even destroyed so many within our Church. And we must remain committed to regaining the trust of the faithful.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of Brooklyn