I regret once again having to be the bearer of bad news, but I write to inform you that the archdiocese has received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor brought against Bishop John Jenik, an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese.
The Lay Review Board has carefully examined the allegation, which concerns incidents from decades ago, and concluded that the evidence is sufficient to find the allegation credible and substantiated. Although Bishop Jenik continues to deny the allegation, he has stepped aside from public ministry and has moved out of his parish.
For additional information, please see my letter to Bishop Jenik’s parishioners, along with a letter from Bishop Jenik, below.
Please keep all those whose lives have been touched by the crime and sin of sexual abuse in your prayers.
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Here is a link to Cardinal Dolan’s post on the Archdiocese of New York website, where you can find his full letter to the parishioners of Church of Our Lady of Refuge.