Bishop David Zubik

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Bishop Zubik Holds 'Service of Repentance'

Apologizes to victims of clergy sexual abuse

September 22, 2018 - 11:28 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Bishop David Zubik held a “Service of Repentance” Sunday at at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. It's the start of a year of repentance called by the bishop for the The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The service, which did not include Mass, was intended “to express sorrow for the harm that child sexual abuse by priests has done to victims and to the faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.”

During the year of repentance, the bishop is asking priests and Catholics to fast and pray.

In his remarks, Bishop Zubik said he was sorry for “the times that I could’ve done more, for the times that I could’ve said more. It’s a time for us to recognize the deep hurt that so many people have as a result of the abuse that’s been done to those who have been offended, to the victims and to the survivors.”

Last week, Zubik said he is "committed to finding new ways to offer compassion and support for all victims of child sexual abuse” adding he hopes the Pennsylvania legislature “creates an independent compensation program for victims of child sexual abuse, which should extend to those abused in any child-serving institution.”

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