In between appearances in bankruptcy court, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has apparently devoted its time to what really matters: sending out reminders to clergy who have not yet submitted the altogether worthless 'Attestation' stating that they have never abused a minor (see below).

I would support this initiative if I thought it even remotely likely to have a positive impact on the safety of children and vulnerable adults, but the fact is that those clergy who have abused minors would have no qualms whatsoever about signing and returning the required form. 

It would appear that a significant portion of the presbyterate agrees, and is in no rush to complete the form. Good for them. If it is to truly create a safe environment, what this Archdiocese needs is a change of hearts and minds (and leadership), not more paperwork. 


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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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