Bishop Mark Brennan entered the Cathedral of St. Joseph amid all the pomp, procession and fanfare typical of a bishop’s installation.
Less typically, he wasted little time in naming the elephant in the cathedral, acknowledging the alienation of many West Virginia Catholics in the wake of sexual and financial scandals that brought an abrupt end to his predecessor’s tenure.
“The scandals we have learned about have caused painful disappointments, anger, confusion and distrust of church leaders,” he said in his homily. “We have to face that situation with open eyes and determined spirits to bring about lasting change.”
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