Posted on September 3, 2018

As we welcome our Catholic community back to campus, we recognize our Church has been rocked with the recent news of the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the grand jury report from the state of Pennsylvania. As fellow members of our faith, we are outraged and saddened by the extent and depth of these revelations.

We stand in solidarity with the victims of sexual abuse. We support, defend, and will advocate for those who have been abused, and we are thankful for the courage they have shown in speaking up. The abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult is a sin that cries out to God for justice and we condemn those who use their positions for such actions. Further, we denounce the disregard and coverup by those in authority in the Church; those whom we trusted as our shepherds failed when our brothers and sisters needed them most. We call for justice to be done without exception.

Finally, we pledge that all young people will always be safe in our ministry. We will continue to embrace and conform to the requirements of civil law, Church guidelines, University policies, and the highest moral standards for the care and protection of those to whom we minister.

May our prayers be lifted with yours for all victims and for the transformation of our Church.

In Christ,
Father Peter C. Tremblay, OFM Conv.
T Huynh-Duc
Tricia McCarthy
Leah Breindel