Bishop Salvatore Matano of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has followed up on the Pope's letter to Catholics...saying the Diocese renews its commitment to assist victims of sexual abuse.
Both letters come after last week's grand jury report of more than 300 priests sexually abusing at least a thousand victims in Pennsylvania.
Bishop Matano says the Diocese intends to provide care and support in healing the wounds suffered through sexual abuse. He says the Diocese follows Safe Environment policies which comply with the church's newly-revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
In HIS letter, the Pope acknowledges what he calls the "abuse of power and abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons."