HARRISBURG, Pa. – Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, released the following statement regarding the report of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
“Like many Catholics throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg, our state and our country, I welcome the release of this report regarding the actions of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Although I have not had the opportunity to fully review the more than 400 page report, as I am receiving it at the same time as you, I pray this report will provide answers and that healing may begin.
“It is expected this report will bring to light a great number of harms that may be shocking and saddening. As we have personally experienced, healing can only begin once all the harms done have been brought to light. This report is an important step in the healing process for all those who suffered at the hands of McCarrick and for our Church as a whole.
“I express my profound sorrow to all of McCarrick’s victims and to all survivors of abuse. I also encourage all those who have suffered abuse at the hands of a priest, bishop, deacon, employee, volunteer or anyone in the Church to report that abuse to the civil authorities. I join with Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the USCCB, in saying that this report underscores the need for a conversion of our hearts, so that we may follow Christ with integrity and humility.”
The Diocese of Harrisburg urges anyone who has experienced sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer to contact law enforcement. The Diocese also offers support to survivors of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. To report misconduct or learn more about the healing resources available, please visit www.youthprotectionhbg.com.
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