Pastors of more than 100 parishes in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis received this letter via email today. Interested parties, take note.


02/10/2015 12:17pm

As a registered parishioner in this archdiocese my entire life, I'd like to know on what legal grounds I & my fellow parishioners can be held responsible for any acts of sexual abuse. I understand holding individuals within a parish responsible if they truly HAD knowledge of such abuse occurring & did not notify law enforcement & the Archdiocese. However, holding all parish members responsible for acts of which they had no knowledge & cannot even be expected to have HAD such knowledge is ridiculous! Is it possible for the Catholic laity to file counter-suits in such cases?

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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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