December 20, 2017

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement this morning upon the death of Cardinal Bernard Law.

Cardinal Bernard Law (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If you have been abused or know of someone who has been abused, contact the local diocesan victim’s assistance coordinator. If you know about a crime, call local law enforcement. As we reflect on the legacy of Cardinal Law, it will likely bring back painful memories for survivors. The Church seeks to always respond as supportive pastors.

“Entrusting his soul to the mercy of Christ, I echo the statement released by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston and offer my prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Cardinal Law. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.  At this time especially we keep close in our prayer the brave survivors of sexual abuse.  Their witness would lead to a comprehensive response from the Church in the United States to protect and heal the deep wounds of abuse. I pray they may find strength and peace in the mercy of Christ.”

In the Diocese of St. Augustine, you can report abuse to Judy Pinson, the victim’s assistance coordinator, by calling (904) 262-3200, ext. 129 or email

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