Abuse in the Church: Resources & Information

You must, then, regard your work, which has been entrusted to you by pastors and fathers and mothers, as one of the most important and necessary services in the Church. This means that you are called to lay the foundation for the building of the Church when you instruct children.
— (De La Salle Meditation 199.1)

Dear Lasallians,

As we welcome some 27,000 students to our DENA Lasallian ministries during these weeks, we greet them with the well-founded hope for a year of growth in all dimensions of life. We also greet them with full awareness of the current reports regarding the sexual abuse crisis in our Church and the questions and concerns our young people may have regarding this current crisis.

First and most importantly — our thoughts, prayers and acts of support are with victims of the abuse.

At the same time, we must diligently place our attention to the needs of the young people before us. Please find below a variety of resources that will hopefully assist you in your accompaniment of our students as they raise questions regarding the sexual abuse crisis in our Church.

My prayers are with you as you begin this new school year,

Brother Dennis Lee
Visitor


Br. Timothy Coldwell, FSC – General Councilor – RELAN (statement)

Practical Advice from NCEA

Conference of Major Superiors of Men (Statement)

Prayer Resources from the Irish Bishops Conference

Ten Points to Create Safe Environment for Children

Talking to Kids About Sexual Violence

Websites dedicated to Child Safety


Different views on how Catholic School leaders address the abuse report, including Br. Anthony Baginski, President, Central Catholic

Click here for the NPR article


Dear God,

Please show us your face
during this very troubling time.
Our hearts go out to all those
who have suffered abuse
at the hands of those they trusted.
We your people feel anger, shock,
and shame at the actions of those
designated to serve as our shepherds and leaders.

We struggle to understand
how this happens,
and we lament the harm
and injury to the young
who deserve our tender care.
We know that you, God,
are our Light,
and we need your wisdom
and guidance more than ever
as we commit to keep all
persons safe, especially
our young people,
and bring to justice those
who have broken our trust.

We pray for healing for
all who have been abused.
We pray also for the offenders
that they seek forgiveness and
face justice with repentance.
We ask you to heal our Church
during this dark time,
and help us to treat one another
with respect and dignity.
As the Church, we know that
Jesus is the Way, the Truth,
and the Life.
Let his spirit and message
pervade all that we do.
We ask you this in his name.

Amen.