Reaction from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Sex Abuse Conviction

It’s as if “Uncle Tony” Bevilacqua has come back from the grave and penned this one-so devoid of any type of human emotion for survivors and even for one of its own priests who tonight will spend the first of possibly many nights behind bars. The cold, calculating manner evident in this Release is consistent with the way in which this whole human tragedy in Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and around the world has been handled. Perhaps it’s the tip of the iceberg of evil that is the sexual abuse of children. . .
June 22, 2012
This has been a difficult time for all Catholics, especially victims of sexual abuse. The lessons of the last year have made our Church a more vigilant guardian of our people’s safety. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is on a journey of reform and renewal that requires honesty and hope. We are committed to providing support and assistance to parishioners as they and the Church seek to more deeply understand sexual violence, and to create an environment that is safe and welcoming to all, including past victims.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a heartfelt apology to all victims of clergy sexual abuse. Now and in the future, the Church will continue to take vigorous steps to ensure safe church environments for all the faithful in Philadelphia.