A Statement From Our Bishop


STATEMENT FROM

THE MOST REVEREND JOSEPH V. BRENNAN, D.O.

BISHOP, DIOCESE OF FRESNO

May 7, 2019

The review of clergy files at the Diocese of Fresno by Dr. Kathleen McChesney of Kinsale Management Consulting previously announced commenced on April 30, 2019. Dr. McChesney, a former FBI Executive Assistant Director, and her team will continue their review over the coming weeks as relates to Phase One of the process. Phase Two will focus on analyzing the outcome of Phase One. At that time, the format for the release of names of accused clergy will be established and how they will be categorized. The process will include participation of the Diocesan Review Board, College of Consultors and Sensitive Issues Committee. Victims' advocacy will again be a crucial part of the decision making process. An announcement will be made upon the completion of the file review so the public will be informed that Phase One has been completed and Phase Two is beginning. An estimated time for the release of the names will then be determined.


Recently, the California Attorney General's Office has asked all 12 Catholic dioceses around the state to preserve files and documents that concern their compliance as mandatory reporters of child abuse to local law enforcement.


In addition, the Attorney General's Office has asked that 6 of the 12 dioceses voluntarily produce these same documents so that the AG's Office can monitor their compliance with the letter and spirit of the law. The Fresno Diocese is among them.


As is our policy, we intend to cooperate with the Attorney General's request, as well as any other requests from law enforcement, and will work out the details with them directly.

The Diocese of Fresno was also recently contacted with a request on behalf of the district attorneys that serve within our eight counties to set up a meeting. We welcome and look forward to this opportunity to engage in what we believe may be mutually beneficial dialogue.


The Diocese of Fresno regularly trains all mandated reporters about their obligations to report to law enforcement. Even those who are not mandated reporters are reminded of the moral obligation to be aware for the signs of child abuse and to report it when there

is a reasonable suspicion an abuse has occurred.


DECLARACION DEL REVERENDiSIMO JOSE V. BRENNAN, D.O. OBISPO DE LA DIOCESIS DE FRESNO

7 DE MAYO DE 2019

La revision del archivo del clero en Ia Oiocesis de Fresno par Ia Ora. Kathleen McChesney de Kinsale Management Consulting previamente anunciada comenzo el 30 de abril de 2019. La Ora. McChesney, ex Oirectora Ejecutiva Asistente del FBI, y su equipo continuaran su revision durante las proximas semanas en relacion con Ia Fase Uno del proceso. La Fase Oos se centrara en analizar el resultado de Ia Fase Uno. En ese momenta, se establecera el formato para publicar los nombres del clero acusado y Ia forma en que se clasificaran. El proceso incluira Ia participacion de Ia Junta de Revision Oiocesana, el Colegio de Consultores y el Comite de Asuntos Sensibles. La defensa de las victimas sera nuevamente una parte crucial del proceso de toma de decisiones. Se hara un anuncio al finalizar Ia revision del archivo para que el publico sea informado de que Ia Fase Uno ha sido completada, y Ia Fase Oos esta

comenzando. Se determinara entonces el tiempo estimado para Ia publicacion de los nombres.

Recientemente, Ia Oficina del Procurador General de California ha pedido a las 12 diocesis catolicas del estado que conserven los archivos y documentos que se refieren a su cumplimiento de reportar obligatoriamente el abuso infantil ante las autoridades locales.

Ademas, Ia Oficina del Procurador General ha pedido que 6 de las 12 diocesis presenten voluntariamente estos mismos documentos para que Ia Oficina del Procurador General pueda supervisar su cumplimiento con Ia letra y el espiritu de Ia ley. La Oiocesis de Fresno esta entre elias.

Como es nuestra politica, tenemos Ia intencion de cooperar con Ia solicitud del Procurador General, asi como con cualquier otra solicitud de las fuerzas del arden, y trabajaremos los detalles con elias directamente.

La Oiocesis de Fresno tambien fue contactada recientemente con una solicitud en nombre de los fiscales del distrito que prestan servicios en nuestros ocho condados para organizar una reunion. Les damos Ia bienvenida y esperamos esta oportunidad para participar en lo que creemos que puede ser un dialogo de beneficia mutua.

La Oiocesis de Fresno regularmente capacita a los que tienen Ia obligacion de reportar a las autoridades locales. lncluso a aquellas que no tienen Ia obligacion de reportar se les recuerda de Ia obligacion moral que tienen de estar atentos a las seriales de abuso infantil, y de reportarlo cuando existe una sospecha razonable de que ha ocurrido un abuso.

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