“With God’s grace …we can become more and more the Church Jesus has called us to be. It is my conviction if we proclaim faithfully the truth of the Gospel while radiating the authentic hope and joy that is the natural consequence of knowing and following Jesus, then our lives will draw others to desire the source of our hope and joy.”Archbishop Joseph Naumann
We believe in the power of truth. We encourage survivors of abuse to report directly to civil authorities. We conduct an objective and fair investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by those working in the Church.
“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18
Life is precious and every child and adult has a right to their dignity. We strive to honor that dignity in our response to sexual abuse and harm.
“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” 1 John 3:1
We commit to due process and work towards a just response to abuse. We address the wounds caused by sexual abuse in the Church using restorative theory; working to atone for the sin of abuse and any harm that occured from that abuse.
“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.” Rom 12:9-10