Bishop Burbidge Discusses John Jay Study in Video Interview
In a video interview, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said it is the hope of the United States Bishops that the just released John Jay Study, Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 will serve as a solid contribution to all of society in how we can work together in stopping the sex abuse of our children, which is so prevalent in our country.
The study, which was released at a news conference in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2011,was commissioned by the United States Bishops. The John Jay Institute for Criminal Justice was selected to conduct the independent investigation, based upon its highly regarded expertise in the level of research that was required.
In the interview, Bishop Burbidge said the Bishops “express our deepest heartfelt regrets and sympathy to any victim of sexual abuse and to re-assure them that we are doing everything possible to stop this horror.”
Bishop Burbidge pointed out the study was part of a commitment the Bishops made to the Catholic faithful and the general public in 2002, as they set forth a series of steps to address the crisis. The Bishop expressed his gratitude to the faithful in the Diocese who have been “wonderful” in their support of our priests during this difficult period. “It’s hard on our clergy,” Bishop Burbidge explained, “as some in society will look at them in a certain way, with suspicion. Anything our faithful can do to continue to support and encourage them, I’ll be grateful for that.”