Archbishop Apologizes for Sexual Abuse of Children by Archdiocesan Priests

Quoting the words from the Eucharist, 'what we do is just and right,' Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller released the names of priests and deacons in the Archdiocese dating back to 1940, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"The justifyable anger from the survivors and the faithful regarding the way these allegations were sometimes handled in the past is rational and understandable," the Archbishop said.ns

The Archbishop choked up several times as he made his statement in English and in Spanish.

Garcia-Siller vowed last year to hear from survivors and to shine a light on the pedophile priests and deacons in the Archdiocese. Pope Francis is also demanding 'accountability' from the crisis which has gripped the Catholic Church for decades.

"We beg forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims, and regret that clerical leaders contributed to this crisis," he said. "With shame and repentence, we not what we should have been. That we did not act in a timely manner, and understand the magnitude and damage done to so many lives."

The Archbishop said his investigation showed only two cases of pedophile priests and deacons in the decade between 2000 and 2009, and both were punished under the law. He says no cases were reported in the current decade.

The earliest case he uncovered in the Archdiocese occurred more than sixty years ago, and he said many of the perpetrators are now dead.

"We will not minimize or hide from clergy claims of sexual abuse of minors," he said. "There is no tolerable level of abuse. That man was chosen by God, and the church should bring people to God, and not destroy them."

He said penitential masses will be said at churches all around the Archdiocese this weekend.

"I believe that prayer, humility, and truth will bring healing. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us."

READ: The Archdiocese report: https://www.archsa.org/images/uploads/ArchSA_Report.pdf

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