Dear Member of the Loughlin Family:
I pray that mid-winter gives us some hope for the Spring that is to come.
As we all know the Church has been scandalized by reports of credible sexual abuse against minors and the vulnerable for almost two decades. It seems that hardly a month passes without another allegation coming to light. As a result, trust has been undermined, and any claim to moral authority weakened. It is a sober, somber and sad moment for the Church, which must be met with honesty and the will to correct those conditions that fostered the crisis. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio established a toll-free Reporting Line; the number is 1-888-634-4499 for anyone who has a claim of sexual abuse against a member of the clergy. Anyone who has a claim is encouraged to report it directly to the authorities or to the Reporting Line.
This past Friday, February 15, 2019, the Diocese of Brooklyn published a list of clergy who have had credible charges of sexual abuse made against them. It is hoped that by recognizing the wrong done to victims of abuse, and naming those guilty of such behavior, we may be one step closer to bringing wholeness to the survivors of abuse. This list includes four names of clergy who were associated with Loughlin. The list can be accessed by going to the diocesan website, dioceseofbrooklyn.org. The most recent association is through one of those on the list who served as Chaplain at Loughlin during the 1970's. While these facts sadden me; justice and truth require that I call these circumstances to your attention.
Be assured that Loughlin is committed to protecting the young people entrusted to our care. If you have any need to address a concern please reach out to my office at 718-857-2700 x 2203 to speak with my Administrative Assistant, Donna Wernersbach, and she will arrange a date and time for us to speak.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Bro. Dennis Cronin, FSC