November 29, 2018
By Jamie Martines
Seated in front of the altar at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, Bishop David A. Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh listened as members of the city’s Catholic community — some of them survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy — shared criticism, reflections and questions following the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse released in August.
Thursday’s session is the first of four to be held by the Diocese of Pittsburgh; the others are next week.
“All that I have heard tonight has been your sharing reflections with me,” Zubik said as he addressed attendees at the close of the session. “And so I need to thank you for your courage.”
He extended is apologies to victims and members of the Catholic community.
“I really am very sorry,” Zubik said. “Not empty words. I’m sorry that you suffered because of the church.”
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