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Resources

There is only so much that we can share through this website. This section includes links to resources and information that we hope you will find helpful.

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I. From Our Bishop

NEW: Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares are committing to seven days of prayer and fasting prior to USCCB meeting in November. Read Now | En Español

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Olmsted and Bishop Nevares Regarding Recent Abuse Scandals. Read Now

Statement from Bishop Olmsted Regarding Archbishop Viganò’s Recent Testimony. Read Now

“What is Scandal?” — Bishop Olmsted’s three-part series on scandal in The Catholic Sun. Read Now

Community Notification Statements: Read Now
Articles from The Catholic Sun: Read Now

“…the only way for the Church to emerge victorious from this white-hot crucible of rot is for every single member of the body of Christ, clergy and laity alike, to make the pursuit of holiness the highest priority in our lives.”

– Fr. John Lankeit, August 19, 2018

II. Video

Watch recent homilies from Bishop Olmsted, Fr. Lankeit and others from the televised broadcast of the Holy Mass live from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. Full Playlist

“The offending priests and complicit bishops are no more the Church than Judas Iscariot is the Church.”

– Fr. John Lankeit, August 19, 2018

III. Audio

The Catholic Conversation: Steve and Becky are joined by Dr. Anne Vargas-Leveriza, director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection here in the Diocese of Phoenix, for an open conversation about where we are as a diocese when it comes to keeping our young people safe.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted spoke at a reception for the Together Let Us Go Forth – Juntos Sigamos Adelante Campaign on September 14, 2018, at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

IV. Frequently Asked Questions

Does any of the money from the Charity and Development Appeal go toward lawsuits against the Church for priests who abused children?2018-09-28T14:51:54+00:00

No. When you give to the Charity and Development Appeal you support the work of more than 70 organizations and ministries in our Diocese, transforming the lives of thousands of people. Together, we can put our faith into action. Together, we can do more than any one parish or person can do. Your love gives hope to so many!

Does any of the money from the Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante go toward lawsuits against the Church for priests who abused children?2018-10-25T15:57:47+00:00

No. Your Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante Campaign gifts are bound by a pledge card to be directed to specified funds.

Bishop Olmsted has gone to great lengths to ensure that the funds raised will be used exclusively for the campaign case components. Policies guiding this campaign have been reviewed by a Clergy and Religious Campaign Council, the Chief Financial Officer, the Office of Mission Advancement and a third-party independent financial auditor.

What should someone do for adults reporting past abuse?2018-10-25T15:57:53+00:00

An adult who alleges abuse as a child, by a member of the clergy, a consecrated man or woman, an employee, or a volunteer of the Church, is encouraged to contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) to make a report. The Arizona reporting law (ARS 13-3620) does not apply. The individual has the right to make a report to law enforcement. A report to law enforcement is highly encouraged and support will be offered to assist the individual in making the report.

If the reported abuse took place in another diocese, the Office of Child and Youth Protection may contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection in that diocese to report and request assistance for the individual. The decision to report to law enforcement in the city/state in which the abuse occurred is encouraged and supported.

The diocese is committed to working in good faith with law enforcement and the Department of Child Safety. So as not to compromise an investigation, those who make the report shall not discuss the incident with anyone unless required to do so in conjunction with the investigation.

What should someone do when a minor discloses sexual abuse?2018-10-25T15:57:59+00:00
  1. Listen attentively to the minor.
  2. Stay calm and keep the minor in a safe environment.
  3. Leave questioning of the child for the trained interviewer.
  4. Assure and validate the child: the abuse was not his/her fault and they did the right thing by reporting.
  5. When the minor is stable and secure with another adult, immediately report the allegations by phone or in person, to law enforcement and the Department of Child Safety (DCS). Non-emergency reports can be made to DCS online by going to
    https://dcs.az.gov/report-child-abuse

Please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (602) 354- 2396.

What are the Procedures to Report Suspected and Alleged Abuse of a minor?2018-10-25T15:58:07+00:00

Immediately report the allegations by phone or in person to law enforcement and the Department of Child Safety, (DCS). Non-emergency reports can be made to DCS online by going to https://dcs.az.gov/report-child-abuse

If the accused is a member of the clergy, a consecrated man or woman, an employee or a volunteer of the Church, after reporting to law enforcement and DCS, immediately contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at (602) 354- 2396.

Bishops and cardinals have been accused of covering up or moving around accused priests. How has Bishop Olmsted handled accused priests?2018-11-05T17:40:17+00:00

The Diocese of Phoenix has taken great efforts to put in place systems that assist in keeping our young people safe, including screening of all clergy, religious, seminarians, employees and volunteers.

The screening process involves completing an application, interviews, signing a code of ethics, and a background check which includes reference checks and fingerprinting for all clergy, religious, seminarians, employees, and volunteer leaders responsible for youth programs. All volunteers are required to complete a standard application and sign a code of ethics. Volunteers who directly serve minors are also required to complete a face-to-face interview and submit to reference and background checks.

All clergy members, employees, and volunteers are also compared to the Arizona Sex Offender Registry Database on a continuous basis. Annual training is required for those in ministry, staff and volunteers.

More information can be found here: https://dphx.org/youth-protection/

Why is a former Papal Nuncio calling for the resignation of Pope Francis?2018-10-25T16:00:38+00:00

Archbishop Viganò, former Papal Nuncio to the United States, is accusing Pope Francis of perpetuating and covering up sex abuse scandals and other serious misconducts. Archbishop Viganò is calling on the pope to: “acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance” is stating “Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them”.
See full statement below.

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What is a Papal Nuncio?2018-10-25T16:02:57+00:00

A diplomatic representative of the Pope having ambassadorial status. Archbishop Viganò served as the Pope’s Ambassador to the US from 2011-2016. He also has served in many other prominent positions during his time at the Vatican.

How has Pope Francis responded to these accusations?2018-10-25T16:03:27+00:00
On Oct. 6, Pope Francis released a statement concerning the Vatican’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Read the statement

On Sept. 12, Pope Francis announced that he was calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Council of Cardinals wrapped up three days of meetings.

After hearing from his council, the pope “decided to convoke a meeting with the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of the protection of minors,” the council said in a written communique. Learn more

On Aug. 26, the Holy Father responded by saying “I read that statement this morning. I read it and I will say sincerely that I must say this, to you (the reporter) and all of you who are interested: Read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves. I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself and you have sufficient journalistic capacity to reach your own conclusions.”

What has Bishop Olmsted said about Archbishop Viganò’s accusations against the Pope?2018-10-25T16:03:36+00:00

Bishop Olmsted has no knowledge of the information Archbishop Viganò reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so he cannot personally verify its truthfulness. But he has stated that he has always known and respected Archbishop Viganò as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity. He asked that Archbishop Viganò’s testimony be taken seriously by all, and that every claim that he makes be investigated thoroughly.

Do all the US Bishops agree with Viganò’s statement?2018-10-25T16:03:44+00:00

The USSCB agrees that the questions raised by Archbishop Viganò deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence. They stated that without those answers, innocent men may be tainted by false accusation and the guilty may be left to repeat sins of the past.