I made the call around the same time when I had settled on attending Mass in the most unconventional way. I would sit with my dogs, parked outside a church on Sundays, and follow along in my missal. It was one way I coped with having survived clergy abuse as a child and teen.
As Bishop of Brooklyn, I am announcing a significant new step in the ongoing effort of the Diocese of Brooklyn to address the wounds of those sexually abused by members of the clergy. It is called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing a significant step in its ongoing response to the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy: the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP).
“The scandal is NOT over,” said a survivor of clergy sexual abuse at the Brooklyn Diocese’s annual Mass for Hope and Healing.
Queens Assemblywoman Slanders Bishop; Catholic League Calls for Her Resignation. Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, fired back at the Daily News. He accused them of “slamming the Catholic Church. But this time they really did themselves in: They floated a front-page story by a notorious anti-Catholic bigot accusing a local bishop of bribery.”
Letter from Bishop DiMarzio: The New York Daily News has published an article claiming that I attempted to bribe an elected official several years ago in order to advance the political agenda of the Catholic Church. I want you to know that this very serious accusation against me is patently false.
Whether we are debating bathroom use, the life of a gorilla in a Cincinnati zoo or the right to life of an innocent unborn child, the issue of the true meaning of justice seems to be at the core of much of what we debate. Seeking justice for those who were abused as children seems like a no-brainer, and any law that might advance that cause must be a great thing. . . no? Always read the fine print.
Since the national clergy abuse scandal erupted in 2002, the Diocese of Brooklyn has not wavered in its commitment to protect children and assist victims of past abuse. Some members of the clergy did terrible things and hurt innocent people. We want to support, pray for, and help all victims heal, while ensuring children in our community are never hurt again.
More than 250 individuals came to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Forest Hills, April 21, to pray for hope and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and all who have been impacted by sexual abuse, especially crimes committed by clergy and church workers.
I still feel “not so good” at times, but I am feeling hopeful that the scourge of sex abuse by clergy is at last being handled responsibly.