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This special site offers many poignant and personal ways for parishes and individuals to be a part of the healing process. Includes dialogue from victims, family members, priests and many others.
... And Code of Pastoral Conduct for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City (REVISED January, 2018). Anyone who works or volunteers for the Diocese must make themselves familiar with this in-depth, 20-page document.
OCT. 28, 2018: Before children are sexually abused, they are often "groomed" by abusers. Do you know the signs?
OCT. 14, 2018: This page from the Oct. 14, 2018 Southwest Kansas Catholic details what the diocese has done for the past 25 years to protect children. It also highlights five ways that all of us can work to protect God's children.
SEPT. 16, 2018: This special page in the SW Kansas Catholic offers several questions and answers, including those pertaining to the proper vetting of seminarian candidates.
SEPT. 16, 2018
SEPT. 12, 2018: Pope Francis has called a global meeting of all the presidents of the various Bishop's Conferences to meet at the Vatican Feb. 21-24, 2019 to discuss the issue of sexual abuse of minors.
SEPT. 2, 2018; By Bishop John: "Betrayal." "Sadness." "Shame." "Anger." These are just a few of the words Bishop John used to describe his feelings as the horrific stories from Pennsylvania were revealed.
AUG. 20, 2018; By Pope Francis: "With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives...."
AUG. 16, 2018: President of the U.S. Bishop's Conference announces effort that will involve laity, experts and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops resolve to address "moral catastrophe."
From Bishop John Brungardt:
We grieve for the children abused by priests and others. The horrendous sin and crime of sexual abuse brings us feelings of anger, shame, outrage, disgust, and sadness. To the victims and their families, I am sorry. Please forgive us bishops, priests and other ministers of the Gospel for what we have done, or what we have failed to do. To the adults who have been sexually abused by those in positions of power and control in the Church, I am sorry, please forgive us. We pray for your healing in the Lord. He will heal all. “And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God” (Luke 17:15).
+Bishop John B. Brungardt