Oct. 4 statement from archdiocese

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  • Updated: October 4, 2013 - 7:44 PM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released this statement Friday: Over the past few days, there have been multiple media reports concerning the conduct of a number of priests going back many years. Unfortunately, these reports are incomplete and leave a false impression about the commitment of the Archdiocese to identify and address misconduct by priests. It is critical to understand that our standard is zero tolerance for sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult and absolute accountability. Since 2002 we have implemented a long list of policy and procedural reforms to clarify guidelines and strengthen enforcement. Some of the actions we have taken include completing more than 3,000 adult safe environment training sessions for approximately 70,000 adults; conducting 105,000 background checks on clergy, staff and volunteers; and providing over 100,000 children with age-appropriate lessons to help keep them safe. As a further demonstration of our commitment to handling these matters aggressively and consistently, we have formed a special task force and charged them with conducting a full review of our policies and practices. When the report is complete, the findings and recommendations will be released publicly. We are deeply sorry for any harm that has come from clergy misconduct. Eliminating any form of abuse is the highest priority for the Archdiocese. Our record is not perfect, but we have made great progress, and we are determined to do whatever is necessary to eliminate this problem.  

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childabuseOct. 5, 13 8:00 AM

"we are determined to do whatever is necessary to eliminate this problem." then: 1.) release the names and assignments of the credibly accused; 2.) demand the resignations of those that have covered-up and enabled sexual abuse crimes; 3.) be pastoral to the thousands of clergy sexual abuse victims you turned away. Bob Schwiderski

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kkjerOct. 5, 1312:35 PM

I said a long time ago Neinstedt was covering up child sex abuse by priests. He has and is doing it to promote his promotion to Cardinal. I also said that his attack on gays was not genuine, but buy attacking gays he was able to turn peoples attention to what he called the horrible sin of homosexuality. Once again I call for Neinstedt to resign.

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bruceleierOct. 6, 13 1:16 PM

It is indeed time for our current archbishop, for the good of the church, to emulate Pope Emeritus Benedict and call for full participation of the the lay members the Archdiocesan in the selection of his successor.

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