A couple things that didn't make it in...
Missing from this week's bulletin...
The following statement was released from the Diocese of Ogdensburg yesterday. We weren't able to get it into the bulletins in time for this weekend, but thought you should still know:
The Diocese of Ogdensburg has been subpoenaed by the state Attorney General’s office as part of a statewide investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations. The Attorney General’s office plans to partner with District Attorneys to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute individuals who committed criminal offenses that fall within applicable statutes of limitations.
The Diocese of Ogdensburg has established a history of cooperation with the District Attorneys representing the eight counties within our borders. We look forward to continuing that cooperation and extending it to include the Attorney General’s office.
Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
was implemented in our diocese and nationwidein 2002. It calls for zero tolerance for clergy credibly accused of abuse with removal from ministry, full cooperation with law enforcement, safe environment training for clergy, staff and volunteers, and background checks for all who work with minors.
The diocese also has a comprehensive
Child & Youth Protection Policy
that, among other things, addresses how allegations of misconduct are handled. Every complaint received by the diocese is investigated, victims are offered assistance, and law enforcement is notified of any allegation.
Investigations are presented to the diocesan Review Board, comprised of lay men and women with experience in sexual abuse cases, parents, and professionals with medical, law enforcement, education and psychology experience. If the Review Board finds an allegation credible, the bishop removes the cleric from ministry.
Audits are performed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the Charter and diocesan policies.
“It is part of our practice and policy to cooperate with civil authorities in their investigation of sexual abuse allegations,” Bishop Terry R. LaValley said. “We are ready and willing to work with the Attorney General on this investigation because there are lessons to be learned that will benefit our society, help victims find healing, and make children safer ... and that is our ultimate goal.”
A longer version of this statement will be found in next week's edition of our Diocesan newspaper, the
North Country Catholic.
Life Chain in Potsdam
Also missing from this weekend's bulletin is an announcement of tomorrow's Life Chain. We'll be meeting near the Movie theater in Potsdam from 2:00 to 3:00 on Sunday, October 7th to stand up for life. Please join us if you can, and prayers are appreciated if you can't.
Sent by Fr. Bryan Stitt on Saturday, October 6 at 9:08PM