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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Matthew H. Clark, Retired Bishop of Rochester and native of the Diocese of Albany, who fell asleep in the Lord yesterday. May Bishop Clark rest in the peace of the living God. Read more here.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
January 17, 2023
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany would like to clarify statements made in the January 15 article, “Albany diocese offered $20M for ‘global settlement’ with victims of abuse.”
Regarding the claim that the diocese is keeping settlement details from the public, it is our position that survivors alone should determine if settlement details are to be made public. We do not want to inflict more suffering or pain. If they want to share, they can. Settlements do not require confidentiality. Stephen Mittler, who reached a settlement with the diocese last summer, chose to make his settlement public. Not only did we not stand in his way, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger accepted Mittler’s invitation to walk with him on the steps of the church where he met his abuser.
Regarding the article’s claim that a bankruptcy filing would require the diocese to disclose its assets and liabilities, that’s not necessary. That information is posted for all to see on the diocesan website www.rcda.org/offices/finance-office. Click “Financial Statements” at the bottom of the page and find Independent Auditor Reports for 2016-2021.
The healing process cannot just be about monetary settlements. Some survivors never filed claims, others still suffer in silence. The diocese is actively working to let all know that they do not have to suffer alone. Our Hope and Healing webpage www.rcda.org/hopeandhealing shares information on resources available in our area, along with survivors’ stories, and details on Hope and Healing Masses. No one should walk alone.
Kathy Barrans | Director of Communications
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
(Note: This letter was submitted to the editor of the Albany Times Union on Tuesday January 17. As of this writing, it has not been selected for publishing.)