In my communication with you over the last several months, I have indicated that important directions would be forthcoming from the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with regard to bishop accountability in light of the sexual abuse crisis. I am sharing with you today a substantive and comprehensive question and answer resource about major decisions that were made at the June meeting of the United States Conference of […]
1) Later this month, I will ordain three men to the diocesan priesthood: Deacons Anthony Leo Cecil, Jr., Steven James Reeves, and Kirby Brecklyn Rust. The ordination will take place on Saturday, May 25, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. Please consider joining me at this joyful celebration for our local Church.
2) You may have seen news about the Holy See’s release last week of the Motu Proprio Vos estis lux […]
1) I have written often in these Briefings about actions that we have taken to combat child sexual abuse in our Archdiocese and in the broader Church. During this Child Abuse Prevention Month, I also invite your prayers. Here is a resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops inviting Catholics to participate a 9-day “Novena for Protection and Healing of Abuse.”
2) I continue to recommend our […]
1) April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and each year we share bulletin blurbs on the topic of sexual abuse for parishes to use throughout the month. Please see here for these bulletin blurbs that educate parishioners about sexual abuse policies, recent archdiocesan reports that have been issued about archdiocesan efforts to confront clergy sexual abuse, the obligation of all adults to report child abuse, and the existence of […]
1) I am pleased to share the news that we have exceeded our goal of $3.9 million for the 2018 Catholic Services Appeal. Gifts are still coming, and although we are slightly behind last year’s record pace, we are actually ahead of the amount raised at this same point two years ago. We anticipated the 2018 Appeal was going to be a bit more challenging with several parish capital campaigns in […]
1) I hope you read the full report on the sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Louisville by Mr. Mark Miller. However, recognizing that this report is lengthy, I will send along more concise ways in which you can become informed about the report and our purposes in engaging Mr. Miller to prepare it.
Today, we released the report by independent reviewer Mark Miller about the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan priests. Below is my letter introducing the report along with a link to Mr. Miller’s report and to our archdiocesan information about credible accusations involving religious order priests and others.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
May God bless you! I have written on many occasions over the last several months about the sexual abuse […]
One of the best things the Archdiocese is doing to combat child sexual abuse is our safe environment program, which includes criminal background checks, safe environment training for adults, and educational resources for children and youth. Thus, I thought I might share a summary of these efforts by including portions of an excellent story by our editor of The Record, Marnie McAllister, included in the Report to the Catholic People. For […]
1) Brian Reynolds and I are in contact with the Attorney General to begin ongoing talks. As most of you know, Attorney General Beshear is introducing legislation to empower the creation of a multi-jurisdictional grand jury to deal with a variety of issues facing […]
I would like to share a letter that Shannon Age, a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest and the wife of Deacon Stephen Age, wrote to The Courier Journal. It appeared on December 13.
I would like to address the recent […]