Training sessions related to diocesan Covenant of Care and safeguarding policies, abuse prevention and response will be held at two locations:
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon
Clergy, parish staff, Catholic Pastoral Centre staff, Parish Coordinators of Care, and volunteers working with children, youth or vulnerable adults are invited to attend one of the workshops, either in person, or via webinar conferencing. Other volunteers are also welcome to attend. There is no cost.
The workshops will be conducted by Theresa Campbell, Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre and Lorie Harrison, Registered Professional Counsellor at Legacy Ridge – Trauma Recovery & Resource Centre.
• Nov. 8, 2019 survey response from the Diocese of Saskatoon to The Fifth Estate television program about historical review of cases, and publication of names of persons who are “credibly accused” of sexual abuse: Diocesan RESPONSE
• The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has also posted an update on how the bishops are implementing guidelines on protecting minors from sexual abuse. The statement also addresses the question of publishing names of persons who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse, but not criminally charged and/or convicted:PDF of the CCCB Statement
Other Abuse Crisis Resources for Catechists & Leaders:
November 2019: “Creating a Safeguarding Culture” presentation at Clergy Study Days ARTICLE by Sr. Nancy Brown, Sisters of Charity of Halifax, and PDF version of slides
Together let us pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.
Guidelines from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse:
Updated national safeguarding guidelines from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) were released in September 2018.
A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation
Click here to read the document: National Guidelines. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) unanimously adopted this document Sept. 27 during the 2018 annual Plenary Assembly of the Catholic bishops of Canada.
First and foremost, the document focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. In addition to a clear delineation of procedures in cases of sexual abuse, it puts forward 69 recommendations inspired by nine lessons which bishops have learned through their collective experiences over the past quarter century. Chief among these is that victims must come first. The document seeks not only to provide guidance for diocesan/eparchial protocols and policies as well as those for religious communities, but to stimulate a cultural transformation in attitudes about sexual abuse. The new guidelines apply to all Catholic clergy (bishops, priests and deacons), as well as members of religious communities and also lay personnel who are working in Catholic parishes or Church organizations.