Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy
August 24, 2018
As a Catholic faith community, the Sisters of Mercy are appalled by the disturbing findings and scope of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse by priests and by the devastating impact such abuse has on victims, their families and others.
The Gospel demands that the suffering of each abused victim must be felt, heard and acknowledged. This acknowledgement must be visibly and concretely marked by justice as well as compassion. We call on church leaders and others to eradicate the root causes of sexual abuse. We commit ourselves to collaborating in the essential work of healing and transformation that our church so desperately needs.
We share respectfully and gratefully the LCWR Statement on Sexual Abuse by Clergy for prayerful reflection as we thoughtfully discern the ways we, as Catholic sisters, can respond to the pain and suffering of victims of abuse.