Brooklyn’s prayers were for hope and healing as the diocese held its annual Mass for the victim-survivors of clerical sex abuse on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Bishop Robert Brennan led the annual Mass of Hope and Healing at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish.
The purpose of the liturgy is to help those who have suffered from sexual abuse and lost trust in the Catholic Church.
From the readings to the songs, the Mass was planned in part by victim-survivors, for victim-survivors and during his homily, Bishop Brennan apologized for the trauma they endured.
You can hear Bishop Brennan’s full homily on our website, Currentsny.tv.
The Mass of Hope and Healing is just one way the Diocese of Brooklyn is trying to combat abuse and help victim-survivors.
Some other ways include creating the Office of Victim Assistance to help individuals who come forward with allegations of abuse.
The office provides supportive initial counseling, therapy referrals and pastoral resources for victim-survivors.
Every employee of the Brooklyn Diocese, including students, undergoes mandatory background checks and training, designed to spot the signs of abuse and how to stop it.
There’s also a confidential diocesan line to report abuse. That number is 888-634-4499.
Reports are automatically sent to law enforcement and there isn’t any church involvement to ensure compliance.