This settlement is a tremendous victory for those concerned with the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults, and I am grateful to Doe 1 and his attorneys for being so resolute and courageous in pursuing these ends.  

I also want to express my gratitude to the many good priests of this Archdiocese. I fear that the burdens of this agreement will fall disproportionately on them, rather than on those whose leadership, or lack thereof, brought us to this end. For their sakes as well as for the good of all the Church, I hope that the news of this settlement and what led to it reaches those who have the power to intervene in the governance of this Archdiocese.

For someone who wishes the Catholic Church to be a beacon of integrity, credibility, and virtue, this settlement is a heartbreaking acknowledgment of how far the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has strayed from its mission. It should never take action from the civil courts to compel a Catholic diocese to act in the public good, especially when doing so requires little more than that we follow Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.

 


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    Jennifer Haselberger is a canon lawyer who served as the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until April of 2013, when she resigned in protest of the Archdiocese's handling of sexual misconduct by clergy.

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