Materials Related to Clergy Sexual Abuse

  Recent news reports have caused us to focus on the past abuses and their prevention in the future. Below are several documents that deal with recent revelations, actions that were taken since 2002, and proposals for further action. Below are several documents pertaining to our Archdiocese, the Catholic Church in America, and the Church worldwide.


Letters from Archbishop Blair and the Archdiocese of Hartford:

Letter from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, dated October 30th 
Letter from Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, dated August 22nd
Letter from Kathleen D. Nowosadko, Director of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance
Coordinator
Letter from Archbishop Blair, dated August 14th, in English

Archbishop Blair’s televised interviews:
Fox 61: Hartford Archdiocese speaks out after Pope claims: ‘We abandoned the little ones’
WFSB: Archbishop of Hartford speaks out after Pennsylvania abuse allegations

Other important materials to share with your friends, family, and parishioners:
Pope Francis’ Letter to the People of God
Statement from Cardinal DiNardo, President of USCCB
Holding on to Hope: A Reflection on Clerical Abuse in the Church by Fr. Matt Gworek

On September 19, the Administrative Committee of the USCCB released a statement including action steps that will be taken to address sexual abuse problems in the Church. Archbishop Blair has offered his support for these and forthcoming initiatives to help heal the wounds inflicted and to prevent future instances of abuse.  

Read the USCCB’s statement here, and watch
Archbishop Blair’s statement here.

We pray for guidance and healing at this tumultuous time.