Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares

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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals

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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals

August 17, 2018

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

We write you this day to express our own deep level of sadness and anger about the recent revelations surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the newly released Pennsylvania Grand Jury report. These shameful and evil actions have harmed many innocent people, especially the young; and they are utterly inexcusable. This has also caused great pain, confusion and dismay among us all — laity, religious and clergy — who remain committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are sorry that you have had to endure this anguish.

We support the recent announcement by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, of a new plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican to provide the strongest protection possible against predators in the Church and anyone who would conceal them. We welcome these efforts and renew our own commitments to do all we can to protect young people and others who are vulnerable, and to bring healing to those who have been abused.

The three goals of this new effort are as follows: an investigation into the questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick; an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops; and advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints. These goals will be pursued according to three criteria: proper independence, sufficient authority, and substantial leadership by laity. Our office of Child and Youth Protection continues to provide assistance to victims and ongoing safe environment training to our schools and parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix.

During this dark and painful time, there is also a strong need to look to the light and healing of Jesus. Since our Lord told us that some evils can only be driven out by prayer and fasting, we invite you, as your shepherds, to join us in prayer, fasting and sacrifice for the purification of our Church. In particular, we ask that all priests, deacons, men and women in consecrated life and the lay faithful join together in fasting and prayer on August 22, the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and August 29, the Passion of St. John the Baptist. May Our Lady’s motherly care and powerful intercession bring the light of her Son to our hurting Church.

United in Christ, we are sincerely yours,

+Thomas J. Olmsted
Bishop of Phoenix

+Eduardo A. Nevares
Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix

Office of Child and Youth Protection

Anyone who has been a victim of abuse is encouraged to call a local law enforcement agency.

The Diocese of Phoenix is committed to protecting all young people and will continue to work diligently to keep our young people safe. We are dedicated to providing a safe environment in which every individual is valued and honored as created in the image and likeness of God.

We continue to pray for all those who have been harmed by childhood abuse and will remain vigilant to protect the dignity of every person. For additional information about support services for those who have been abused, please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (602) 354-2396 or at dphx.org/youth-protection.

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17 de agosto de 2018

Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Cristo,

Les escribimos este día para expresar nuestra profunda tristeza e ira por las recientes revelaciones que rodearon al arzobispo Theodore McCarrick y al recientemente publicado informe del Gran Jurado de Pensilvania. Estas acciones vergonzosas y malvadas han perjudicado a muchas personas inocentes, especialmente a los jóvenes; y son completamente inexcusables. Estas también han causado gran dolor, confusión y consternación entre nosotros, laicos, religiosos y clérigos, quienes seguimos comprometidos con el Evangelio de Jesucristo. Lamentamos que hayan tenido que soportar esta angustia.

Apoyamos el reciente anuncio del Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, de un nuevo plan que involucrará a laicos, expertos y al Vaticano para proporcionar la mayor protección posible contra depredadores en la Iglesia y cualquiera que los encubra. Damos la bienvenida a estos esfuerzos y renovamos nuestros propios compromisos de hacer todo lo posible para proteger a los jóvenes y otras personas que son vulnerables, y para brindar sanación a quienes han sido maltratados.

Los tres objetivos de este nuevo esfuerzo son los siguientes: una investigación de los cuestionamientos que rodean al Arzobispo McCarrick; una apertura de nuevos y confidenciales canales para denunciar quejas contra obispos; y abogar por una resolución más efectiva de quejas futuras. Estos objetivos se perseguirán según tres criterios: independencia propia, autoridad suficiente y liderazgo sustancial de los laicos. Nuestra oficina de Protección de Niños y Jóvenes continúa brindando asistencia a las víctimas y capacitación continua sobre el medio ambiente seguro a nuestras escuelas y parroquias en la Diócesis de Phoenix.

Durante este tiempo oscuro y doloroso, también hay una gran necesidad de mirar hacia la luz y la curación de Jesús. Como nuestro Señor dijo, algunos males solo pueden ser expulsados mediante la oración y el ayuno. Los invitamos, como sus pastores, a unirse a nosotros en oración, ayuno y sacrificio por la purificación de nuestra Iglesia. En particular, pedimos que todos los sacerdotes, diáconos, hombres y mujeres en la vida consagrada y los fieles laicos se unan en ayuno y oración el 22 de agosto, fiesta de María Reina, y el 29 de agosto, día de la Pasión de San Juan el Bautista. Que el cuidado maternal y la poderosa intercesión de Nuestra Señora traigan la luz de su Hijo a nuestra adolorida Iglesia.

Unidos en Cristo, somos sinceramente suyos,

+Thomas J. Olmsted
Obispo de Phoenix

+Eduardo A. Nevares
Obispo Auxiliar de Phoenix

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The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003, and is the spiritual leader of the diocese's Catholics. Read More