Syracuse priest speaks on diocese abuse report
Father Fred Daley, who leads All Saints Church on Syracuse’s east side said he knew several priests on the list.
Daley said he is heartbroken for the victims and now his parish will take new steps towards healing.
"It has caused tragic, pain in our church and we need to move forward,” Daley said.
Daley says every new development in the clergy abuse scandal causes him agony.
With the new developments Daley says he feels the same shock and disbelief that parishioners feel over the list of 57 credibly accused priests.
“It’s a very painful time for priests because knowing these people. We know that there was much more to their lives that this wasn't you know. Its as shocking to us as it is to everyone else,” Daley said.
Father Daley says he has taken phone calls from people concerned about trust.
Some people are calling specifically questioning whether their priest can be trusted.
"It is going to take time to regain the trust of the community. The only way we can do that is with stark honesty, this is a very painful day for our diocese,” Daley said, "We have to admit the weaknesses of the structure and we need to listen to the community to have the community to let us know how to go forward."
Father Daley says he has hope for the Catholic Church.
"I think this is a very humbling time for the church but in the long run will be a time for transformation,” Daley said.