PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Bishop David Zubik has released his "Pastoral Letter of Response" following several listening sessions about the church sexual abuse scandal.
"The Church Healing" was expected prior to the church's observance of Ash Wednesday.
Bishop Zubik said, with the report, he wants those who attended listening sessions to know he heard their concerns, and is responding with actions.
The letter lays out a five-point plan, including:
- Healing and Enhanced Support for Victims/Survivors, Their Families and Loved Ones
- Greater Financial Transparency
- Increased Accountability
- Ongoing Spiritual and Human Formation for Clergy and Seminarians
- Continued Listening to Seek Truth and Reconciliation
In the report, Bishop Zubik said, "Victims/survivors and their loved ones have been instrumental in helping me to define these steps. Victims/survivors will continue to shape our diocesan response to assist those who have been abused, to strengthen our efforts to prevent future abuse by any representative of the Church, and to restore whatever is broken in the Body of Christ."
To read the full report, visit the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese website here.
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Bishop Zubik is planning to continue meeting with victims and survivors, as well as hold eight annual public listening sessions on matters of concern to Catholics.
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