February 19, 2006

Complete Letter From Francis Cardinal George


Here is the complete letter issued this weekend to parishioners in the Chicago Archdiocese by Francis Cardinal George:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As you know, in June 2002, the U.S. bishops promised that victims of sexual abuse would be attended to; that priests who were shown to have ever abused a minor, even once, would be permanently removed from public ministry if not from the priesthood; and that programs would be set up to protect young people from harm. The Archdiocese had started on all of this long before 2002, but new initiatives were begun for training all adults to protect children and the processes to examine allegations were reviewed and strengthened. Records were re-examined to be sure that all priests ever accused of any such sinful activity were not in ministry.

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2006 06:27 AM