Text from Archbishop Thomas Kelly Letter, Reports

WAVE [Louisville KY]
Downloaded August 20, 2003

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

To keep you informed about developments in the sexual abuse crisis, I am enclosing two reports: 1) an update on our implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and 2) a report from the Finance Council on the financial implications of the sexual abuse settlement. I believe that these documents will help answer many of your questions.

During the past year, I have learned a great deal about sexual abuse and its impact on people’s lives, and about changes that need to be made in how the Church responds to this terrible crime. As we make these changes, our priorities will be on outreach, education, and prevention. I apologize for those times when I failed to respond appropriately to victims and offenders. My pledge is to work humbly and vigorously with you to make sure our Church is accountable, compassionate, and just in dealing with the crime of childhood sexual abuse.

We must never forget that God is with us and that God will work with our failures and triumphs to build a better Church. Please keep our Church in your prayers.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Thomas C. Kelly

Archbishop of Louisville


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