Diocese of Rochester hosts first service since historic sexual abuse settlement

WHAM-TV, Ch. 13 [Rochester NY]

November 6, 2022

The Rochester Catholic Diocese reached a $55 million settlement with over 400 survivors of sexual abuse on Friday.

Sunday was the first full service from Bishop Matano at St. Joseph’s since the settlement took place.

The sermon focused on acknowledging the past, while moving forward.

“The greatest of Challenges has been over over past decades, where our church is plagued by a crisis so very painful. Painful to you my sisters and brothers. How necessary it is that I always in everyway and whenever possible express my deep sorrow and express my apology to those so violated by those that whom they had put their trust and believed they were ministers of the lord,” said Salvatore Matano, Bishop of Rochester Diocese. “Every bishop must be willing to suffer whatever is necessary to heal, to reconcile, to restore, and to bring consolation to his people in any circumstance.”

The settlement could grow as the diocese insurance companies become involved.