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Regina's Archbishop Bolen appeals directly to abuse victims

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  • August 29, 2018

Just three months after launching a video appeal to victims of clergy abuse, Regina Archbishop Don Bolen is again appealing to victims to come forward.

“A new video is going to be produced soon, as we have a newly appointed delegate in this regard,” Bolen told The Catholic Register in an e-mail.

The archbishop’s new delegate handling the sex abuse file will be Fr. Brad Fahlman, who has a graduate degree in counselling from Chicago. Fahlman has experience working with abuse victims.

Bolen has also sent the text of Pope Francis’ Aug. 20 “Letter to the People of God” on sexual abuse and coverups by priests and bishops to all of Regina’s 154 parishes along with a note urging that “the whole Church needs to be involved in responding to the reality of sexual abuse.”

Bolen wouldn’t say whether any new victims came forward over the summer in response to his June 1 video appeal. 

Gone are the days of bishops trying to catch cases before they get to the police or the press so they can be handled internally, Bolen said.

Addressing abuse has to be a constant priority for clergy and all Catholics, Bolen said. “The abuse crisis undermines trust and confidence in the Church.” 

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  1. Jim

Three issues that the Church has to come to grips with.....

Apostacy is occurring, in part because of the lack of empathy and heart for the victims of the clergy......children. People judge with their feet when they no longer see the "heart" of...

Three issues that the Church has to come to grips with.....

Apostacy is occurring, in part because of the lack of empathy and heart for the victims of the clergy......children. People judge with their feet when they no longer see the "heart" of Jesus. Rather they see Pharisees and politicals, who try to cover up their or their fellow "club member's" misdeeds.

Apostacy is occurring because the local priests and Bishops are consumed with "Church affairs and routine", and no longer reach out to communities to lead people to Christ. Jesus is not longer, someone of discussion within our culture. (rise of the agnostics).

Apostacy is occuring because "Mass" only involvement leaves a Church stale and a feeling that the Church is about routine / ritual.....does not help people form friendships and communities. People must "feel" the Church's community that has energy and relevance to their lives.

The Church must do three things:

(1) Broadcast, with words and actions, what it is doing to ensure the protection of children. Not just say we've caught a few priests.
(2) Teach the Gospel to the public, not just to the remanent.
(3) Lead. Involve the congregatioins with programs that make the Church relevant to their daily lives. Move them from routine Mass, to programs and projects that get families involved.

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