St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436



From the Desk of Father Mac

August 26, 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

In last week’s bulletin, I addressed the clergy abuse crisis concerning allegations against Archbishop McCarrick. After the bulletin went to press, the grand jury report in Pennsylvania was released detailing widespread abuse committed by priests and cover-up of abuse by bishops over 70 years.

These disturbing reports of abuse and cover-up perpetrated by brother priests and bishops make me feel shocked, saddened, ashamed, and angry, as I know they do you.

In response to this latest crisis, the Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established initial steps of a plan that will involve laity, experts, and the Vatican. A more developed plan will be presented to the full body of bishops at their general assembly meeting in Baltimore in November.

The Executive Committee has established three goals: (1) a full investigation into the McCarrick case; (2) an opening of new and confidential channels for reporting complaints against bishops for greater transparency; and (3) advocacy for more effective resolution of future complaints.

These goals will be guided by three principles: (1) The first principle is genuine independence. Any mechanism for addressing a complaint against a bishop must be free from bias or undue influence by a bishop hampering the investigation or skewing their resolution. (2) The second principle relates to authority in the Church. Because only the Pope has authority to discipline or remove bishops, any steps taken must both respect that authority while protecting the vulnerable from the abuse of ecclesial power. (3) The third principle is substantial involvement of the laity. Lay people bring expertise in areas of investigation, law enforcement, psychology, and other relevant disciplines.

As your pastor, I want to assure we remain committed here at Saint Cyril’s to providing a safe environment for our children and a compassionate place in which victim-survivors can come forward to seek justice and find healing.

Programs, protocols, and best practices are critical but they are not enough. We also need prayer, penance and purification. I invite us all to pray for victim-survivors of sexual abuse, that they find healing, comfort and strength in God's loving presence as the Church pledges to continue to restore trust through accompaniment, communion, accountability and justice. Let us also pray for the efforts of our church leadership to rebuild trust and institute reforms that will rid our church of evil and protect the faithful from abuse.

Finally, let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us and give us the courage and wisdom to purify the Church and renew our love for Jesus Christ and his Gospel.

In Christ,


For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234


St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234


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