We know these are difficult times for our Church, and you probably saw the headlines in the last few days regarding the Attorney General’s report in Illinois. The Church everywhere and in the Archdiocese of Chicago recognizes and mourns the grave damage done to many people harmed by clergy sexual abuse and regrets the failures to respond. The report released by the Illinois Attorney General refers to the entire State of Illinois, and the statements made do not refer specifically to our archdiocese. Contrary to what has been reported, the Archdiocese presented clear evidence to the Attorney General that it has reported all allegations to law enforcement and has reached out to all those bringing allegations and offered pastoral care. Please visit the website https://heal.archchicago.org/ for more information about the sex abuse crisis and the steps the Archdiocese of Chicago continues to take to prevent abuse and offer healing to victims. Please continue to pray for the victims of sexual abuse and for our Church in making the reforms needed for healing and accountability.
In the Spirit of Christmas, the spirit of salvation and healing, we ask forgiveness and we ask for the grace to forgive. May the true hope of Christ born anew be our light and our healing.