October 21, 2018
Clergy sex-abuse: Where do we go from here? For anyone who has been hurt by a priest directly or indirectly, I apologize and offer support for your healing. However, for anyone who has experienced abuse in the Church or elsewhere, the most important desire is to prevent abuse to any child in the future. The Church in the United States took definite action in 2002 to prevent any abuser from serving in ministry. Hopefully, the Bishops will take the next step to hold Bishops who fail to take action against abusers.
The Church also wants to make a difference outside its own walls. Many see VIRTUS and Safe Environment programs as a box that needs to be check off. However, the hope is VIRTUS will make all children safer. We want every parent to be aware of grooming behaviors and empower every child to talk to adults that can protect them. The Church wants to have a bigger impact on our society. So everyone who has had VIRTUS should be on the alert to grooming behavior and be willing to listen to children they know. Hopefully the knowledge gained through VIRTUS can prevent abuse far beyond the walls of the Church. Our challenge is to bring something good out of this terrible past sin.
Adult Nursery Workers Wanted (Over 18): We need adults who are good with children and at least 18 years old. They will need to attend a VIRTUS session and pass a background check. This job is part time and mostly in the evenings and on weekends. We will offer more hours to each worker than in the past as I expect to have a smaller pool of Kidville workers. So this job might work well for college students or any other adults who want to make a little extra money in the evenings. Please apply in the parish office. We are transitioning to have 2 adults in Kidville when it is open at the request of the diocese.