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Fresno Diocese: Bishop Brennan releases statement regarding concern for victims, survivors of abuse

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 19:32:44-04

FRESNO, Calif. — The Diocese of Fresno has released a statement from Bishop Brennan regarding the care and concern for victims and survivors of abuse.

In his statement, Bishop Brennan states that he is overwhelmed with an immense amount of sorrow when he hears of those who have been abused. Bishop Brennan also stated that he believes public commentary "should be one of support; especially for potential victims."

His full statement can be read below:

"I almost don't know where to begin in terms of trying to express how I truly feel about victim/survivors of abuse who have suffered terribly at the hands of the clergy or at the hands of anyone for that matter. I am overwhelmed with an immense, almost physical sense of sorrow every time I hear about someone who has been so abused. Abuse is not only a crime against humanity, it is a blatant offense against our Creator because we are children of God, precious in his sight, daughters and sons who are meant to be cherished and protected. Abuse is an intolerable theft of innocence, trust, faith and simplicity."
"Our public commentary should be one of support; especially, for potential victims of abuse. It is most disturbing to me that public statements are made that sometime contain vile and filthy language in regards to child sex abuse victims. That kind of language is ugly, mean spirited, dismissive and unacceptable."
I will do my best during my time of service to the Diocese of Fresno to listen to and act from that part of my heart that is mindful of the needs of victims/survivors and to help others to do so."