New Orange Bishop installed tomorrow, victims respond

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director

New Orange Bishop Kevin Vann has some choices to make.

As the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Kevin William Vann will preside over a transparent cathedral. It is now time for him to create a transparent church as well.

Bishop Vann steps into a legacy fraught with sex abuse and cover-up. While Catholic leaders will boast about former Bishop Tod Brown’s purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, we must also remember and reflect upon the other “accomplishments” of Brown’s tenure in Orange County.

After he nailed his “Covenant of the Faithful” on the front door of Holy Family Cathedral in 2004, Tod Brown has:

This is a legacy that must end. Bishop Vann has the opportunity and the mandate to enforce real change to protect children in the Diocese of Orange. In order to restore faith in the diocese’s claims of child safety, Bishop Vann must, immediately:

Brown’s “Covenant of the Faithful” is proof that words without action are worthless. It is up to Bishop Vann to show Catholics, through real action, that child safety and transparency are true priorities of the Diocese of Orange.



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