Clergy sex abuse is an evil that must be “named, investigated, and brought to light,” wrote the leader of Mount Angel Abbey.
In a Sept. 5 letter emailed to supporters of the abbey and its seminary, Benedictine Abbot Jeremy Driscoll wrote that innocent victims suffered when clergy abused them and then again when bishops failed to act.
“This is a season for penitent reflection as we seek to understand the nature of the problem as profoundly as possible,” wrote Abbot Jeremy, acknowledged as a spiritual leader in the region.
Those who remain in the church can contribute to its healing, he wrote.
“It takes courage to persist in our faith at this time,” Abbot Jeremy added, referring to disturbing sex abuse scandals that have emerged in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.