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Regina's Archbishop Bolen appeals directly to abuse victims

  • 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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