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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Olson regarding Conviction of a Volunteer for Sexual Abuse of a Minor
February 27, 2019
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and I are saddened and appalled that young children were the victims of sexual abuse, particularly by someone who they and their parents trusted. We pray for them, and for all who have been sexually abused. We greatly appreciate the dedication and commitment of the law enforcement authorities with whom we were blessed to work with in the prosecution of volunteer Frank Garcia, who was also known as Francisco Guevara. ...
Bishop Michael F. Olson Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth Regarding the Laicization of Theodore E. McCarrick
February 16, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am supportive and grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his irrevocable decision to dismiss Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state after due process in accord with canon law in which he was found to be guilty of "solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power."
It is my hope and prayer that the laicization of Mr. McCarrick will assist in healing those who suffered from his acts of sexual abuse and misconduct. Justice entails that anyone who assisted him in these actions or covered them up also be held accountable. ...
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Bishop Michael Olson
Bishop Michael F. Olson, S.T.D., M.A. was ordained bishop and installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth on January 29, 2014.