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Statement by Bishop Michael F. Olson regarding Conviction of a Volunteer for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fort Worth Diocese

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. ...

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Bishop Michael F. Olson Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth Regarding the Laicization of Theodore E. McCarrick

Fort Worth Diocese

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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Pastoral Letter Regarding the Release of Names by Other Texas Dioceses and Why the Diocese of Fort Worth Has Made Public the Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Since 2007
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Letter to the Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Religious, and the Baptized Faithful from Bishop Michael F. Olson, in Solidarity with Texas Catholic Bishops Decision to Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused
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Statement on Administrative Committee USCCB Plan of Action:
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USCCB Administrative Committee Statement, Actions to be Taken:
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Bishop Olson Statement on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report:
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Safe Environment

The Office of Safe Environment is committed to protecting vulnerable children, youths, and adults in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and is in the process of implementing an enhanced safe environment program that strengthens the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.
Detailed information | Información detallada

North Texas Catholic: A Safer Church: Diocese launches enhanced Safe Environment Program

NewsTalk WBAP: Chris Salcedo talks to Bishop Michael Olson

WFAA Channel 8: Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth institutes new educational training program to prevent sexual abuse

Dallas News: Policies aren't enough to protect children from abuse, churches must take action

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