Diocese of Springfield holds day of prayer in response of ongoing clergy abuse

Hampden County

Clergy abuse is an ongoing crisis happening across the country.

In response, The Diocese of Springfield held a day of prayer for abuse victims at churches and catholic schools across western Massachusetts Monday morning.

Bishop Rozanski told 22News, “I’ve called this day of prayer, particularly for our abuse victims, so we can have healing and reconciliation.”

Events included prayer lead by students of St. Mary’s High School at their church.

The Springfield Diocese released a report in February detailing decades of abuse committed by members of clergy.

One St. Mary’s parish member said the report hasn’t changed her opinion of the Catholic Church but can understand why it has impacted other’s.

“It’s hard now because not a lot of people trust the church, but I think we’re getting back to be able to do that,” said Erin Ramos of Westfield.

The diocese is also offering training for current members of training and counseling for victims and their families.

Bishop Rozanski said there are no current members of clergy who have been accused of any type of abuse.

“We’re working with victims whose incidents go back as far as 50 years ago. We continue to care for them and provide counseling and whatever we need to do to help them heal,” said the Bishop.

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