The Catholic Advocate

www.rcan.org Vol. 67 No. 9 September 12, 2018 The community newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark APPOINTMENTS Page 6 AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE Pages 6-7 CLASSIFIEDS Page 12-13 BACK TO SCHOOL Pages15-35 RESPECT LIFE Pages 37-39 Continued on page 9 Special Report Pages 8-11 Cardinal Tobin calls for Day of Prayer for sins of sexual abuse Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., has designated Friday, Sept. 14, as a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Abstinence throughout the archdiocese in recog- nition of the sins and crimes of sexual abuse against children and adults by members of the Catholic Church. He also will lead the people of the local Church of Newark in an evening service of Prayer, Recognition and Hope in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sa- cred Heart on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Under the theme “Behold the Wood of the Cross,” the cardinal, joined by hundreds of clergy, religious and lay faithful of the archdiocese, will gather in prayer for the victims of clergy abuse, for their families, for the accused and for the Church. “On this day, we will show our sorrow for what has happened and our solidarity with the victims, as well as our unshakeable intention never to re- turn our Church to ‘business as usual,’” Cardinal Tobin said. “I expect all the priests to join me in the cathedral that evening to beg God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of those who have been abused. I invite all to come and cry out with us: ‘Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.’” Cardinal Tobin will preach at this service. In addition, a victim of clergy abuse will offer a reflection on his experiences and his hopes. Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal: Pennsylvania and McCarrick The news of the Church sex abuse scandals have shaken many of the faithful and have resulted in an increased scrutiny of how allega- tions of abuse are handled. The Unit- ed States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Vatican and the Arch- diocese of Newark have responded, as have many bishops throughout the U.S. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick On June 20, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of the Archdiocese of New Cardinal McCarrick with a range of emotions. I am thinking particularly of those who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse by clergy— whose lives have been impacted tragically by abuse. To those survi- vors, their families and loved ones, I offer my sincere apologies and my commitment of prayer and action to support you in your healing. “The Archdiocese of Newark has never received an accusation that Cardinal McCarrick abused a minor. In the past, there have been allegations that he engaged in sexu- York announced that then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been re- moved from ministry at the direction of the Vatican after an investigation by the Archdiocese of New York found credible a charge that he sexu- ally abused a teenager. On the same day, Cardinal Jo- seph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., stated: “I recognize that the people of our archdiocese meet the announce- ment by the Archdiocese of New York of a credible and substanti- ated claim of abuse of a minor by al behavior with adults. This archdi- ocese and the Diocese of Metuchen received three allegations of sexual misconduct with adults decades ago; two of these allegations resulted in settlement between the years of 2004 and 2006. Information about those allegations was provided to both lo- cal civil authorities.” Cardinal Tobin also told the peo- ple of the archdiocese: “No doubt many of you devel- oped strong relationships with him Illustration by Elizabeth Wang, Code: T-00104-0L, Copyright © Radiant Light

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