Statement from Bishop James F. Checchio on the removal of Mark Dolak from the priesthood

April 19, 2019
By Bishop James F. Checchio

Statement from Bishop James F. Checchio on the 
removal of Mark Dolak from the priesthood


Upon receiving the news from the Holy See about the removal from the priesthood of Mark Dolak, my first thought was to pray for the survivors of child sexual abuse, particularly for the survivors of Mark Dolak’s abuse. While his crimes and sins are decades old, as is so much of what we hear about today, they are no less shameful and horrific and their effects sadly remain. I asked diocesan staff to let his survivors know of this latest step which permanently removed Mark Dolak from the priesthood, a priesthood ordained by God to be a source of healing and strength to His people and not of abuse, manipulation nor harm. I pray that this action in at least some small way aids his victims in the healing process.

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