Children are Suffering Too, Archbishop

Newly appointed interim head of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minnesota, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, said yesterday that he will devote most of his time to the archdiocese, because “The archdiocese has been suffering something difficult and shocking, and it would make sense to give [it] the bulk of time and energy at this point.”  What was unfortunately missing from the Archbishop’s comments is recognition that children have been suffering  difficult and shocking things as a result of the Archdiocese’s wrongful conduct.

Hebda’s comments were made in an interview with The Catholic Spirit, a Catholic newspaper, but he did not address mainstream media.

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Resources Available to Organizations For Protection of Children

In the wake of the recent criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for mishandling of child sex abuse reports, the Diocese of Helena Bankruptcy, recent lawsuits against other religious groups and a multi-million dollar punitive damage verdict against the Boy Scouts of America, it is important to remember there are readily accessible resources for these and other organizations to prevent child abuse.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations” is a rich resource for policies, procedures and strategies to prevent abuse.

See the publication:  http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/PreventingChildSexualAbuse-a.pdf