A Statement From the Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.
I almost don’t know where to begin in terms of trying to express how I truly feel about victim/survivors of abuse who have suffered terribly at the hands of clergy or at the hands of anyone for that matter. I am overwhelmed with an immense, almost physical sense of sorrow every time I hear about someone who has been so abused. Abuse is not only a crime against humanity, it is a blatant offense against our Creator because we are children of God, precious in his sight, daughters and sons who are meant to be cherished and protected. Abuse is an intolerable theft of innocence, trust, faith and simplicity.
Our public commentary should be one of support; especially, for potential victims of abuse. It is most disturbing to me that public statements are made that sometime contain vile and filthy language in regards to child sex abuse victims. That kind of language is ugly, mean spirited, dismissive and unacceptable.
I will do my best during my time of service to the Diocese of Fresno to listen to and act from that part of my heart that is mindful of the needs of victims/survivors and to help others to do so.