The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

MESSAGE FROM THE MOST REVEREND ARMANDO X. OCHOA, BISHOP
OF THE DIOCESE OF FRESNO

August 15, 2018
The breaking news of the scandal created by Cardinal McCarrick; the incomprehensible findings of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury involving six dioceses; and the exposed intolerable systemic immorality that sustained the abuse of countless children demands a response. I agree that it is the episcopate that must answer this call to action in a practical way that is rooted in the tenets of our faith as Catholic Christians. I look forward to the opportunity to address this grievous and detrimental reality that is overshadowing us, along with my brother bishops.I stand firm in my conviction that all clergy must live out their lives as ordained ministers with integrity. As bishop, I have fully accepted my responsibility to address any serious matter that knowingly puts at risk any of the souls entrusted to my pastoral care and will continue to do so.

One of my greatest concerns is the culture of secrecy that exists in many dioceses among the clergy and even among some of the laity who feel that they need to protect the Church at all costs. This must be addressed more effectively. To remain silent and abandon victims when they need their faith community the most is indefensible.

I know that this massive wave of scandal is hurting many people. I encourage you to see this as a sign that God is purifying the Church. I will do all that I can to cooperate with this healing process and to work towards restoring trust. I encourage you to continue your good works and not be distracted away from the needs of the poor, weak and vulnerable in our midst. We must work through this together, while taking care of the day to day needs of the people we serve.

During the first week of September our Diocese will be undergoing our annual Safe Environment audit. I look forward to sharing the results with you. In the meantime, I ask all clergy, religious and lay leaders in my Diocese to be sensitive to those who are experiencing a crisis of faith as a result of this monumental betrayal of trust. Together, we can heal and build a Church that faithfully lives out its call to be disciples of hope. May God bless you and give you peace.

MENSAJE DEL REVERENDÍSIMO ARMANDO X. OCHOA, OBISPO
DE LA DIÓCESIS DE FRESNO

15 de agosto de 2018
Las últimas noticias del escándalo creado por el Cardenal McCarrick, los resultados incomprensibles del Gran Jurado de Pennsylvania involucrando a seis diócesis, y la inmoralidad sistemática intolerable que sostuvo el abuso de innumerables niños exige una respuesta. Estoy de acuerdo que el episcopado debe responder esta llamada de acción de una manera práctica que esté arraigada con los principios de nuestra fe como cristianos católico. Espero la oportunidad de abordar esta grave y perjudicial realidad que nos ensombrece, junto con mis hermanos obispos.

Me mantengo firme en mi convicción que todo el clero debe vivir su vida como un ministro ordenado con integridad. Como obispo, he aceptado completamente mi responsabilidad de tratar cualquier asunto serio que a sabiendas ponga en riesgo a cualquiera de las almas confiadas a mi cuidado pastoral y continuaré haciéndolo.

Una de mis mayores preocupaciones es la cultura del secreto que existe en muchas diócesis entre el clero, e incluso entre algunas personas laicas que sienten que necesitan proteger la Iglesia a todo costo. Esto debe ser abordado con más eficacia. Permanecer en silencio y abandonar a las víctimas cuando más necesitan a su comunidad de fe es indefensible.

Yo sé que esta ola de escándalo masivo está lastimando a mucha gente. Les animo a ver esto como una señal de que Dios está purificando a la Iglesia. Haré todo lo que pueda para cooperar con este proceso de sanación y trabajar para restaurar la confianza. Les animo a continuar con sus buenas obras y no distraerse de las necesidades de los pobre, débiles y vulnerable en medio de nosotros. Debemos trabajar juntos, mientras nos ocupamos de las necesidades cotidianas de las personas a las que servimos.

Durante la primera semana de septiembre, la Diócesis de Fresno se someterá a nuestra auditoría anual del Ambiente Seguro (Safe Environment audit). Espero compartir los resultados con ustedes. Mientras tanto, le pido al clero, religiosos/as y líderes laicos en mi diócesis que sean sensibles con aquellos que están experimentando una crisis de fe como resultado de esta monumental traición a la confianza. Juntos podemos sanar e edificar una Iglesia que vive fielmente su llamado a ser discípulos de esperanza. ¡Que Dios los bendiga y les dé paz!

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“I respectfully request that Your Honor consider the steps of restorative justice in lieu of incarceration so that the faith community can heal, while Rev. Villafan works diligently to pay restitution with diocesan oversight – a requirement that will likely take him many, many years to accomplish.  In addition, return to active ministry under direct supervision with no access to funds would also benefit those who are in need of pastoral care in a diocese that is experiencing a scarcity in the number of its clergy.”