Archbishop Lori, in Sun op-ed: Archdiocese changed handling of abuse allegations 3 decades

Catholic Review - Archdiocese of Baltimore [Baltimore MD]

December 20, 2022

By Catholic Review staff

Archbishop William E. Lori apologized again to anyone who has been harmed by a representative of the church and said he “will offer this apology as long as it needs to be heard,” in a column published on the Baltimore Sun’s website Dec. 19 and in its print edition the following day.

He emphasized that the church’s response to sexual abuse “is law-abiding, effective and transparent.”

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has asked a Baltimore City Circuit judge for permission to release a 456-page report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, dating back to the early 1940s.

The archbishop said the archdiocese began to transform its handling of sexual abuse by clergy and employees in the 1990s. “The archdiocese then created the foundation for the most important elements of today’s child protection policies,” he said. “We also have changed how we respond to those courageous enough to report abuse. The archdiocese reaches out to victims with counseling and with a settlement program, no matter when the abuse occurred.”

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