As I am sure you are aware, a Grand Jury report investigating child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has been released. I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to all victims, and to the community at large, for this tragic reality. The report brings up painful and uncomfortable issues that we must face together so we can eradicate child sexual abuse from the church altogether.
I know you are all concerned. I share those same concerns and I want to assure you that your child’s safety is our highest priority. Our current standards are built upon years of ongoing improvements as we constantly reevaluate and improve our procedures and policies.
All volunteers and employees must have criminal background and child abuse clearances
Once again, I am deeply sorry and grieved for the unsettling nature of the behaviors described in this Grand Jury investigation. I hope we can work together to restore trust in the church and move forward in a more positive way.
If you are in need of resources that can help you discuss these issues with your children, we recommend:
Thank you and God Bless you.
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera
For more information, contact Safe Environment Coordinator Kathy Bolinski at 570-207-1453