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August 29, 2018
METUCHEN -- Bishop James F. Checchio presided over a Eucharistic Holy Hour: For healing, truth and hope, intended to pray for victims of clergy sexual abuse, on Aug. 29.
In his homily, Bishop Checchio shared his thoughts about the crisis facing the Church: "I can’t tell you all often enough how deeply saddened and ashamed I have been to hear accounts that one of my predecessors used his authority over seminarians and young priests for his own advantage and lustful desires, affronting their human dignity. It angers me too, that the trust of these young men, who came to the Church to follow their vocation to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, was violated and what a terrible example they were shown. Making matters even worse is that some knew about this, but did not properly face it, refused to face it or simply hoped it would go away.
I am moved to ask for forgiveness of you for these terrible sins and crimes of commission and omission. I recognize we cannot change the past. It is not at all helpful to try to rationalize, minimize or deny wrongdoing, even when it is gut wrenching to look at. One serious obligation that Church imposes upon us when we seek reconciliation for our sins is to forthrightly name our sins; in their unvarnished truth."
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