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Bishop Nelson Perez is telling the Catholic faithful of the Cleveland Diocese that he is “profoundly sorry” for the “reprehensible” crimes alleged to have been perpetrated by some members of the clergy, including a high-ranking cardinal.

In a letter dated Oct. 26 and released Nov. 12 by the diocese, Bishop Perez offers his thoughts on the clergy abuse scandal that has been coming to light in recent months and years. The diocese also released a four-page document with answers to frequently asked questions.

“I am profoundly sorry for the deep pain and tremendous suffering that has been endured at the hands of members of the clergy,” Bishop Perez wrote. “In a particular way, I sincerely apologize to those who suffered clergy sexual abuse as children and had to walk through life enduring this unimaginable burden. I also apologize to all the Catholics in our community who have had to endure this ongoing stream of unbelievable news about abuse: sexual abuse, abuse of authority and abuse of trust. I have heard your voices, I have seen your letters and I understand your anger, outrage, sadness and your demand for reform in the Church. I share your feelings.”

Meaningful reform and clear action are needed in the Church, he says, and he pledges his commitment to combat all forms of abuse in the Church.

To read the full text of his statement, please click here.

To read the questions and answers document, please click here.