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Arlington bishop is sad, angry over Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. (ABC7)

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington says he’s trying to help his parishioners heal as the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church continues to grow.

As the scandal casts another shadow on the faith, the bishop says it’s time for transparency and accountability.

“You have to acknowledge the past and you have to acknowledge the failures and evil,” Bishop Burbridge says. “You have to acknowledge it if you’re going to change it.”

The bishop, who entered seminary at 19, says the latest revelations make him feel sadness and anger.

“There’s embarrassment. There’s a sense of embarrassment. It’s a difficult time for me.”

He wants to help bring the church out of the darkness, as hard as it may be.

“Is it going to be easy to get us through this period of time, absolutely not. There’s suffering involved here. But I do believe that transformation, healing, purification, are all possible.”

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