We are accountable to victims/survivors, their families, Church employees and volunteers, clergy, our faith community and all those we serve for our efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults. Where we have failed to protect in the past, we own our mistakes, realize the pain caused and ask forgiveness.
We are taking steps continually to prevent abuse. If you have been abused, regardless of when it occurred, please contact law enforcement.
We are committed to cooperating with law enforcement and fully addressing any future allegations of abuse. We also pledge continued transparency of our actions and ongoing disclosures of substantiated claims of clergy sexual abuse.
We are committed to the set of 17 Child Protection Protocols, developed in cooperation with Jeff Anderson and Associates and clergy sexual abuse victims/survivors. These protocols require actions to protect children and aid victims/survivors in their healing.
We have disclosed the names of dozens of men who have substantiated claims against them for the sexual abuse of a minor while they were assigned in this archdiocese. A substantiated claim is one for which sufficient evidence exists to establish reasonable grounds to believe that the alleged abuse occurred. It is not a presumption of guilt. The names of an additional nine men who have substantiated claims against them for the sexual abuse of a minor outside of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis have been disclosed. All these men have been removed permanently from ministry in this archdiocese or are deceased. We have alerted the parish communities and organizations where these men were assigned.
We have posted transcripts of depositions of archdiocesan leaders regarding our handling of past allegations of clergy sexual abuse and have posted the Report and Recommendations the of the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force. We will continue to provide ongoing updates on our progress implementing the task force recommendations.