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GALLUP (December 10, 2018) – The following is an announcement from Bishop James Wall to the people of the Diocese of Gallup:

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On Wednesday, November 28, we were made aware that Rev. Eugene Bowski, a retired priest of the Diocese of Gallup, has been named on the list of credibly accused clergy released on November 29, 2018 by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.

Currently, Rev. Bowski does not have any assignments in the Diocese of Gallup. In 2014, Rev. Bowski was accused of soliciting an adult male. Because the incident is a violation of the proper conduct of a priest, I withdrew Rev. Bowski’s faculties and he has been barred from public ministry in the Diocese of Gallup.

Until the publication of the Wheeling-Charleston list, our Diocese was unaware that a credible allegation of abuse of a minor had been made against Rev. Bowski while he was serving in West Virginia in 1982. We are currently investigating why the allegation was not reported to our Diocese.

Because of this new information, Rev. Bowski will be added to our list of credibly accused clergy, which you can find on our diocesan website.

As always, I urge anyone who has an allegation of abuse to contact law enforcement. You may also make a confidential claim to our Victims Assistance Coordinator, Elizabeth Terrill, at 505-906-7357.

We are currently in the midst of a very painful period in the Church, and there is still much work to be done in order to ensure that children and vulnerable persons are protected. Please continue to pray for survivors of abuse, and for me, as your shepherd.

I will close this letter by again recalling the words of Luke: ‘For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.’

Yours in Christ,

Bishop James S. Wall”

 

En Español:

Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

El miércoles, 28 de noviembre, ha sido llamado a nuestra atención que el Rev. Eugene Bowski, un sacerdote retirado de la Diócesis de Gallup ha sido nombrado en la lista del clero creíblemente acusados de la Diócesis de Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia publicada el 29 de noviembre de 2018.

En este momento, el Rev. Bowski no tiene asignado tareas en la Diócesis de Gallup. En 2014, el Rev. Bowski fue acusado de violar seriamente el código de conducta de la diócesis. Dado que el incidente fue una violación de la conducta apropiada de un sacerdote, retiré las facultades de Rev. Bowski y ha sido prohibido de todo ministerio publico en la Diócesis de Gallup.

Hasta la publicación de la lista de Wheeling-Charleston, nuestra Diócesis no tenia noticia que una alegación creíble de un abuso de un menor había sido hecha contra el Rev. Bowski mientras estaba sirviendo en West Virginia en 1982. Estamos investigando por qué nuestra Diócesis no fue informada de la acusación. Dada esta información nueva, el Rev. Bowski será añadido a nuestra lista del clero acusados creíblemente, que pueden encontrar en nuestro sitio web: https://dioceseofgallup.org/youth-protection/credibly-accused-list/

Como siempre, pido a todos los que tienen una alegación de abuso a contactar las autoridades de la ley. Puedes también hacer un reclamo confidencial a nuestra Coordinadora de Asistencia a las Victimas, Elizabeth Terrill, al numero 505-906-7357.

El momento presente es un tiempo muy doloroso para la Iglesia, y hay mucho mas trabajo para hacer para asegurar que niños y personas vulnerables sean protegidos. Por favor, sigan rezando por los sobrevivientes de abuso, y por mi, vuestro pastor.

Terminaré esta carta de nuevo recordando las palabras de San Lucas: “no hay nada oculto que no se descubra algún día, ni nada secreto que no deba ser conocido y traído a la luz” (Lk 8:17)

En Cristo,

Bishop James S. Wall

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