Fr. John's Comments About the Most Recent
Statement from the Diocese of Tulsa
Friday, July 5, 2019
St. Anthony Zaccaria
Dear Parishioners of St. John Before the Latin Gate,
Copied below is a release from the Diocese of Tulsa about a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, Father Joe Townsend, who has been accused of sexual abuse. He served as the Pastor here at St. John Before the Latin Gate from 1995-1996.
I am asking that if anyone has knowledge of abuse of a minor, either in this case or by any other person affiliated with the Catholic Church, please first call the DHS statewide Abuse Hotline, 800-522-3511. They will direct you in further steps. I would also ask that you report it to local law enforcement.
To report knowledge of any abuse in this case, you should also call the Pastoral Response Hotline at 918-307-4970. If you are more comfortable reporting anything through me, you may call me at 918-336-4353 x 105 to begin the process of reporting abuse within the diocese. Please know that I am available to assist you in this.
Bishop Konderla stated, “I ask the Church in Eastern Oklahoma to join me in praying for the patience and prudence necessary to see this matter carried out with justice and integrity.” I join Bishop Konderla in asking for your prayers for all involved.