Catholics and others have questions in light of recent events that have brought fresh attention to the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
The abuse scandal has touched virtually every Catholic diocese in the U.S., including the Archdiocese of Seattle. Because of the harm inflicted right here in Western Washington, the Archdiocese has instituted a number of measures to help ensure prevention of further abuse while increasing transparency and accountability. It is important for Catholics in this region to know of these efforts even as the Church continues to seek forgiveness for the crimes committed.
While it is good that, since 2007, no new known instances of clergy sexual abuse have occurred in the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Church must nonetheless continue to hold itself accountable for past failings and work ceaselessly to prevent future abuse. This work includes remaining constantly vigilant and prepared to respond without compromise to any complaint of sexual abuse by clergy that is reported.