Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis Communications

Communications on Sex Abuse Investigations 2003-Present


January 31, 2022 – Bishop Brennan Accepts Recommendation of Diocesan Review Board; Pastor Removed from Ministry

November 22, 2021 – Diocese of Brooklyn Zero Tolerance Policy Leads to Removal of Priest From Ministry Following Investigation 

July 15, 2021 – Former CYO Sports Director Named in Two Child Abuse Lawsuits

July 29,  2020 – A Letter to the Faith Community of Saint Pancras – August 2 & 2, 2020

August 13, 2019 – Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Decision Reached in Four Investigations 

February 15, 2019- Diocese of Brooklyn Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

January 21, 2019 – The Tablet: Laicized B’klyn Priest Still Cause For Concern

November 9, 2017 – Official Statement of the Diocese of Brooklyn

November 9, 2017 – NY Times: Brooklyn Diocese Names 8 Priests Who Sexually Abused Children

May 26, 2012 – Statement Regarding Msgr. Thomas Brady

October 22, 2011 – Bishop Places Retired Priest on Administrative Leave

January 30, 2010 –  Priest Under Investigation for Inappropriate Behavior

May 16, 2009 – Bedford-Stuyvesant Pastor Removed Over Allegation of Sexual Abuse

June 2007 – Bishop Places Retired Pastor from Queens on an Administrative Leave

December 2007 – Queens Pastor Administrative Leave

November 2007 – Former Queens Pastor on Leave from Ministry

February 7, 2007 – Jamaica Pastor placed on Leave

April 29, 2006 – Bishop places Priest on Administrative Leave

October 29, 2005 – Bishop Comments on Priest’s Arrest

June 28, 2005 – Allegation against Priest Found to Be Credible

November 6, 2004 – Accusations Not Credible

August 23, 2004 – Official Statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

August 14, 2004 – Pastor placed on Leave

July 3, 2004 – Charges against Priest found to be Credible

November 1, 2003 – Bishop Bars Priest from Active Ministry

General Communications On Sex Abuse Crisis


November 10, 2021 – Diocese of Brooklyn Creates Office For Protection of Children and Young People

November 10, 2021- Column Child Victims Act Lawsuits Reveal More Facts About Sexual Abuse Cases

August 14, 2019 – Statement By Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio As New York’s Child Victims Act Takes Effect

August 7, 2019 Column – The Continuing Fight vs. Sexual Abuse

October – November 2018 – Regional Meetings With The Faithful

November 21, 2018 – The Tablet: Bishop DiMarzio Holds A Dialogue With the Faithful About Sexual Abuse in the Church

August 27, 2018 – Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

June 22, 2017 – Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Independent Reconciliation and Conpensation Program For Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

January 7 2017 – New Support Group for Survivors of Sex Abuse article

August 30, 2016 – Chancery Alert

August 20, 2016 – Chancery Alert

July 30, 2016 – Chancery Alert

April 16, 2016  – The Healing from Abuse continues Column

April 16, 2016 – Protecting Children Safe Environment Office

April 9, 2016 – Prayers for continued Healling Guest column

March 19, 2016 Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse Column

March 19, 2016 – Chancery Alert

January 16, 2016 – Chancery Alert

January 16, 2016 – Parenting group offered for clergy abuse victims

October 17, 2015  – Protecting our Children Column

March 21, 2015 – Praying with Survivors of Sexual Abuse Column

July 20, 2013 – Introducing New Victim Assistance Coordinator

August 27, 2011 Teacher Terminated over Abuse Allegations

June 11,  2011 – A Valuable Tool to Fight Sexual Abuse

May 18, 2011 – Statement on the John Jay Report

October, 2010 – Audit Diocese Found in Compliance

July 2, 2010 – New Norms for Sexual Abuse

April 17, 2010 – Column Justice and Forgiveness

April 25, 2009 – Column From Shadow to Light

Oct 4, 2008 – 43 People Trained to Teach Child Safety

December 22, 2007 – Audit Compliance

May 5, 2007 – Protecting Children Column

April 20, 2007 – Diocese Updates Policy-Sexual Abuse by Clergy

May 6, 2006 – Diocesan Services Respond to Sexual Abuse Allegations

January 28, 2006 – Diocese in Compliance with Child Safety

December 18, 2004 –  Diocese Protects Kids from Pedophiles’ Lures

October 23, 2004 – Creating a Safe Environment for Children

September 11, 2004 – Toll Free Number to Report Sexual Abuse

August 7, 2004 – Diocesan Sex Abuse Hotline

February 28, 2004 –  Statement by Bishop DiMarzio on Clergy Sexual Abuse

January 31, 2004  – Diocese Sets 4 Child Protection Workshops

The Diocese of Brooklyn has been working to ensure parishioners are fully informed of the sex abuse crisis from its historical beginning to what is going on now.

Here is a look at what the Diocese of Brooklyn does to protect children and help survivors.

Regional Meetings

On four dates between October 17 and November 8, 2018, Bishop DiMarzio held Regional Meetings with the Lay Faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens where parish leaders were able to ask him any questions they had about the clergy sex abuse crisis. Watch a video from the four meetings here:


Excerpts from the regional meetings:




Changes We’ve Made

Since 1995 and again in 2002, bishops of the United States have been putting policies and procedures into place to address clergy sex abuse in the church. Those policies are outlined in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Dallas Charter”). While even one case is too many, given the evidence of so few cases in the last 16 years, these policies have proven effective.

Independent reporting line to authorities. Bishop DiMarzio established a toll-free reporting line (888) 634-4499 in 2003 for anyone to report sexual abuse by diocesan personnel. Reports are directly sent to law enforcement authorities. There is no diocesan involvement, to ensure compliance.

The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service was launched in March 2020, to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation. Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities. Otherwise, reports will be kept confidential. (800) 276-1562

Zero tolerance. Any credible accusation of sexual abuse of a minor against diocesan personnel results in permanent removal from ministry and/or employment.

Safe environment programs. The Dallas Charter mandates sex abuse awareness training for children and adults, signing the code of conduct, and conducting criminal background screenings. Priests, deacons, pastoral ministers, employees and volunteers are trained in recognizing signs of sexual abuse in children, the methods and means that offenders use, and steps to prevent abuse.

View our Policy and Procedures Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons:


A Safe Environment



Office of Victim Assistance. Under the Dallas Charter, the Diocese of Brooklyn has established an Office of Victim Assistance. The office works to bring about a sense of hope and healing. We want victims to be able to become not just survivors, but thrivers. Our goal is to offer any and all assistance to help victims move through these stages.

The only acceptable number of sex abuse cases is ZERO. While the abuse crisis is fundamentally a historical problem in our past, we will never become complacent when it comes to the protection of children and adults in our diocese.

Ongoing Communications

Bishop DiMarzio has published a report entitled From Shadow to Light, and regularly addresses the sex abuse crisis in his weekly column in The Tablet, “Put Out Into the Deep.”

The Press Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn also continues to communicate the latest information on the sex abuse crisis to the media.

On September 24, 2018, Bishop DiMarzio released a letter to parishioners, addressing the New York State Attorney General subpoena to all NYS Catholic dioceses.

On August 14, 2019, the Diocese of Brooklyn posted the following information to help the faithful better understand the Child Victims Act (CVA) and some of the things the Diocese has done around this issue.

The Diocese of Brooklyn issued a press release on the CVA:

  • Press Release (English) here.
  • Press Release (Spanish) here.

Bishop DiMarzio video statement on the CVA:

  • Watch in English here.
  • Watch with Spanish subtitles here.

Frequently Asked Questions on the CVA:

  • FAQ sheet (English) here.
  • FAQ sheet (Spanish) here.

For press inquiries, contact Adriana Rodriguez, Press Secretary, at (718) 517-3143.