MURPHY: ‘I FEEL PAIN LIKE YOU’ (Bishop releases statement)

Describing himself as deeply upset and saddened by how some Catholics view him, Bishop William Murphy issued a lengthy statement yesterday seeking to address concerns in the Diocese of Rockville Centre ranging from the priest sex abuse scandal to how donations are used to the need to provide English elocution lessons to foreign-born priests.  

A significant part of the more than 8,000-word statement is a compilation of previously released information on how the local church is responding to the abuse scandal.  This time, Murphy also included his own reaction.  I have been scandalized like you.  I feel pain like you, he wrote.