Cardinal O’Malley posts letter for 10th anniversary of clergy abuse scandal

The Patriot Ledger

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger

Posted Jan 04, 2012

[the letter]


Ten years after the Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal became public, Cardinal Sean O’Malley says the church’s work to repair the damage from the crimes is far from over.

“There will never be a time to presume that the crisis is over or behind us,” the cardinal writes in a pastoral letter posted Wednesday. “As a church we must continue to express the depth of sorrow and contrition for how badly we failed those entrusted to our care.”

His letter and a related statement, “Ten Years Later – Reflections on the Sexual Abuse Crisis” come the same week that the Archdiocese, priest victims and their families will mark the 10th anniversary of the first reporting of sexual abuses in Jnauary 2002. Archdiocese records opened by a court ruling revealed that church leaders had known about predatory priests and covered up their actions for decades.

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