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Bishop’s Response to Abuse Crisis

Bishop's Column - April 18, 2024: "...I sincerely and readily apologize as I pledge to continue to make amends to all who have been wounded and scarred within and by the Body of Christ, especially survivors of sexual abuse by clergy and other members of that same mystical Body." 

Bishop's Column - August 10, 2023: "Anyone wounded by the ravages sown by those in league with the Evil One, can come to the source of all true love, peace and healing, Jesus himself, in the sacramental life he offers in his Church."

Bishop's Column - June 1, 2023: “In speaking of courage, I am especially grateful, in fact, in awe of the survivors of sexual abuse that I have been graced to walk with in these latter days of my priesthood.” 

Hope and Healing Mass, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Amsterdam - April 30, 2023 Bishop Edward Scharfenberger's Homily at the 10:30am Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Click here for Homily.

Bishop's Column -April 27, 2023: Bishop Edward Scharfenberger apologizes to anyone and everyone who has in anyway suffered by the actions of one claiming to be part of our church. 

Hope and Healing Mass, St. John the Baptist, Valatie - Jan. 14, 2023 - Opening statement, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger's Homily, closing statement. Click here for video

Letter to Parishioners - October 3, 2022 Bishop Edward Scharfenberger announces a series of “Hope and Healing Masses” focused on helping all who suffer from various forms of brokenness, trauma and abuse.

TV Interview - August 4, 2022 In an exclusive interview, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger responds to sex abuse suits 

"I am here to listen" - August 1, 2022 Bishop Edward Scharfenberger hopes no one will have to suffer in silence, to reach out to him and have a conversation

TV Interview - July 31, 2022 Bishop Edward Scharfenberger meets with a child sex abuse survivor at the same parish where he was abused decades prior

‘I WANT WHAT’S BEST … FOR ALL SURVIVORS’ - July 13, 2022 Bishop Edward Scharfenberger explains to the Evangelist why he believes the Diocese of Albany’s draft mediation proposal, released last week, is the best course of action for victims/survivors who have filed lawsuits under the New York State Child Victims Act.

News Release - July 8, 2022 Following months of development and consultation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is unveiling the draft of its Victims/Survivors Compensation Plan (VSCP) which is seen as an equitable alternative to litigation or to chapter 11, a lengthier and costlier process. 

News Release - June 29, 2022 Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger is reaching out to announce another path for Victims/Survivors in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

Good Policy – April 13, 2022 The Evangelist reports on the Catholic Church’s response on a bill that would add clergy to the list of mandated reporters in New York State.

A Powerful Message – April 7, 2022 The Evangelist shares the message conveyed in a beautiful display at the Pastoral Center, recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Bishop’s Column – April 5, 2022: Bishop Scharfenberger’s column talks about the need for the Church to be a safe space for all, especially survivors of abuse.

Bishop’s Column March 17, 2022: Bishop Scharfenberger talks about raising expectations and trusting God in troubling times.

‘Evening of Reflection’ set for those who have been abused – October 6, 2021 The Hope and Healing Committee plans an Evening of Reflection.

Bishop’s Column September 22, 2021:  The Bishop talks about reality therapy, as we deal with sinfulness and realize our need for a savior.

Bishop's Column August 10, 2021: Bishop's column talks about the impending deadline of the New York State Child Victims Act (CVA) closing

Evangelist Column August 6, 2021Bishop’s recent message to his people regarding the abuse issue

Mass of Hope and Healing - May 3, 2021 Bishop Scharfenberger celebrates Mass for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Justice Restored - September 5, 2019 Bishop Scharfenberger's column on the Child Victims Act, appearing in the Thursday, September 5, 2019 issue of The Evangelist.

I share your sorrow - August 25, 2019 Bishop Scharfenberger's letter to local Catholics

News Release - April 11, 2019  Bishop establishes abuse task force

Column - April 11, 2019  The Evangelist: Bishop establishes abuse task force

Eucharistic Congress - September 22, 2018 Renewal of Promises of Priesthood: Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger asked the priests of the Diocese of Albany to join him in recommitting themselves to the promises of the priesthood they made at ordination. 

TV Interview - September 07, 2018 Shining a Light: In exclusive interview, Bishop discusses decision to open records to DA

Letter to Diocese - September 06, 2018 Bishop Scharfenberger Asks District Attorney Soares to Review Records

Letter to Clergy – August 31, 2018  Bishop Scharfenberger’s letter to priests asking them to make a public restatement of the promises of their priesthood at the Eucharistic Congress on September 22, 2018, at the Shrine in Auriesville

Column - August 23, 2018  The Evangelist: Living in the truth we believe

Pastoral Letter - August 17, 2018  In a letter to Catholics throughout the Diocese, Bishop Scharfenberger addresses the pain many Catholics are feeling in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and urges them to remain in the Church and help rebuild it

Special Statement - August 06, 2018 Bishop Scharfenberger: Laity are "essential," must lead any investigation

Letter to Clergy - July 29, 2018  Bishop Scharfenberger’s letter to clergy stating abuse revelations are sign of "profoundly spiritual crisis"

Column - November 19, 2015 The Evangelist: Toward Openness and Healing

Protecting Children - How to report abuse, list of offenders, safe environment protocol, policies and guidelines.