Dioceses restrict David Haas hymns and concerts after abuse accusations

Catholic News Service via America

August 12, 2020

Ten U.S. dioceses, including Boston and St. Louis, have banned popular hymns by composer David Haas following accusations by several women of “spiritual manipulation” and “sexual offenses,” according to The New York Times.

The Archdioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Los Angeles have also banned Mr. Haas, famous for songs like “Blest Are They” and “You Are Mine,” from performing.

Tim O’Malley, archdiocesan director of ministerial standards for the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said in a July statement the archdiocese has received new, independent reports from women in different parts of the United States alleging that Haas “engaged in inappropriate conduct” with them when they were young adults in the 1980s. The reports are “similar in nature to the conduct described in previous allegations,” Mr. O’Malley said.

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