I have found myself for the first time truly afraid of what it means to ask and to allow my children to be part of the church.
A Pennsylvania report accuses Keeler of covering up sexual abuse allegations while serving as bishop of Harrisburg.
“Our first job is to listen, to be empathetic,” said Deacon Bernie Nojadera, the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for the Protection of Children and Young People.
At least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and in diocesan owned vehicles.
The state’s attorney general said that his office’s two-year investigation identified 301 priests who abused children and more than 1,000 victims.