Springfield bishop to discuss, answer questions on clergy sex abuse

The Republican

January 30, 2019

By Anne-Gerard Flynn

Springfield diocesan Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will discuss and respond to questions about how the diocese has been addressing allegations of sexual abuse against clergy in the first of four “listening and dialogue” sessions Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mary, Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Boulevard.

In a Jan. 15 letter to parishioners, Rozanski noted the Catholic Church has “once again found itself confronting the crisis of child sexual abuse, specifically the past failures of the church to respond to this terrible evil within our midst.”

Rozanski cited two such church-related failures of reporting in the letter – Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and the Pennsylvania grand jury report – as having “no direct relationship to our diocese” but being the “cause of renewed concerns within our Catholic community.”

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