ALBANY — Edward B. Scharfenberger, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, released a statement Tuesday in response to the release last week of former Bishop Howard J. Hubbard’s pretrial deposition in which he admitted that the diocese had systematically covered cases of child sexual abuse.
“I know I’m not the only one having to deal with the backlash or the worry of a new wave of suffering for survivors and their families,” Scharfenberger wrote in a missive posted on The Evangelist’s website. . “Although the truth is often hard to bear, it can help us remember that families where there has been abuse and betrayal cannot heal if the truth remains hidden. Families, like individuals, are ‘so sick than their secrets'”.