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March 23, 2020 – No. 23
I would like to update you about a few developments in our archdiocesan response to sexual abuse. First, however, I want you to know of my prayers during this COVID-19 pandemic, especially for those who are ill or have family members or friends who are ill. I thank you for the great cooperation you are exhibiting. I extend my deep thanks to all of our healthcare providers and first responders who sacrifice their health to serve us, to those workers serving the community by providing essential services, and to our priests and pastoral leaders who continue to reach out to those in need. Together, we will respond courageously to advance the common good in these very difficult days.
Here are some updates:
Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)
The March 19 issue of The Record included a story about the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR), which launched on March 16. In his May 2019 apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis addressed the Church’s response to sexual abuse and the accountability of bishops, and he asked metropolitan archbishops to take the responsibility for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops. In June 2019, at their general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops of the United States approved the implementation plan for carrying out the directives of the Holy Father in the United States.
As part of this ongoing commitment to carrying out Vos estis, the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) was established. The service is operated by Convercent, Inc., an independent, third party entity that provides intake services to private institutions for reports of sensitive topics such as sexual harassment through a secure, confidential and professional platform. Individuals may go to ReportBishopAbuse.org or (800) 276-1562 in order to make a report. (This information is on our archdiocesan web page at www.archlou.org/restoringtrust.)
When a report is received, it will be forwarded to the local metropolitan archbishop who has the responsibility for initially assessing the report. I am the metropolitan archbishop for the Province of Louisville, which includes the Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Archdiocese of Louisville and Diocese of Owensboro in Kentucky and the Dioceses of Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee. In the event that a report is received that concerns me, the report will be forwarded to Bishop Roger J. Foys of the Diocese of Covington, who is the senior suffragan bishop of this province. The story in The Record (https://therecordnewspaper.org/system-to-report-misconduct-by-bishops-goes-live/ ) describes the process for receiving and investigating a report.
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting service allows individuals to relay to Church authorities any reports of a U.S. Catholic bishop who has:
• Forced someone to perform or to submit to sexual acts through violence, threat or abuse of authority.
• Performed sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person.
• Produced, exhibited, possessed or distributed child pornography, or recruited or induced a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions.
• Intentionally interfered with a civil or church investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by another cleric or religious. (This includes a cleric overseeing a diocese/eparchy in the absence of a diocesan or eparchial bishop.)
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) does not replace existing reporting systems for complaints against priests, deacons, religious, or laity. CBAR responds only to complaints against bishops for issues related to sexual misconduct. Those who have other complaints against a bishop, such as parish assignments or homily content, need to send those to the Archdiocese directly. Accusations of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, staff member, or volunteer should be reported to Martine Siegel, our Victim Assistance Coordinator (email@example.com) and to law enforcement.
I fully support this reporting service, which will allow individuals to report, even anonymously, incidents of abuse or of negligence by their bishop. The Church must shine the light of Christ on these issues as we continue to confront vigorously the horror of the sexual abuse of children or vulnerable people by representatives of the Church. In his document establishing the framework for this service – Vos estis lux mundi – Pope Francis reminded us that we must be “the light of the world.” I pray that this effort, along with all of the other measures previously established by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, helps us to realize this call.
Father Irvin Mouser and the Sisters of Loretto
I am sure that many of you saw The Courier Journal story regarding Father Irvin Mouser and his relationship with the Sisters of Loretto. I would like to share a bit of the background about this unfortunate situation.
Based upon accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly removed Father Irvin Mouser from public ministry in 2002. Father Mouser was never criminally charged. Since that time, Father Mouser has been directed to lead a life of prayer and penance. Archbishop Kelly permitted Father Mouser to live in a private residence at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse and directed him not to serve in active ministry as a priest.
With a special request from the Sisters of Loretto, Archbishop Kelly permitted Father Mouser to provide private and restricted ministry to the Sisters, primarily in the infirmary. The Holy See approved this exception. Father Mouser was never appointed as the chaplain for the Sisters of Loretto. During this time, he had a campus supervisor and an external supervisor from the Archdiocese who checked in with him periodically.
This year, a volunteer intern expressed concerns about some of Father Mouser’s activities at the Motherhouse – this complaint did not involve an accusation of abuse by Father Mouser. I appreciate and agree with the intern’s concerns. After I learned that Father Mouser’s activities exceeded the parameters approved by the Holy See many years ago, I asked him to leave the motherhouse campus, and I told him to abide by the restrictions imposed by a life of prayer and penance. Per our policies “If the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state has not been applied because of advanced age or infirmity, the offender will lead a life of prayer and penance. He may not celebrate Mass publicly or administer the sacraments. He may not wear clerical garb or present himself publicly as a priest. He will be directed not to have any unsupervised contact with vulnerable persons.” A new supervisor has been appointed, and Fr. Mouser is fully cooperating with the necessary changes.
We continue our promise to keep vigilant in preserving a safe environment for all we serve.
These days of rising cases, hospitalizations and now surging deaths can be overwhelming. To help get through this storm, we must keep track of positive developments, too.
Here are six positive developments to remind us that there is hope in this crisis:
1. Therapeutic treatments (in addition to what we already have for the most sick patients) will arrive before vaccines. When someone contracts the novel coronavirus, his or her body’s immune system launches a defense, including producing antibodies that circulate in the blood to help identify infectious invaders. These circulating antibodies offer some protection against future infection (for how long, we still don’t know). Scientists have now engineered clones of these antibodies — what we call monoclonal antibodies — and they are showing to be effective both therapeutically and to prevent infection. They work by attacking the spike protein of the coronavirus, which is how this virus gets into our cells. Stop that from happening, and the virus can’t replicate inside the body.
2. Rapid, low-cost saliva tests are also coming, and, as my colleague Michael Mina and Laurence J. Kotlikoff recently pointed out, they are a game-changer. Why? These are like home pregnancy tests but for covid-19. Imagine a test you could take at home every day, that gives you an answer in a few minutes after spitting into a vial and costs only $1 to $5. Such a test would change our ability to slow outbreaks where early detection is everything. It would also help consumer confidence and slow down this economic crisis. Want to go to school or work or a Broadway show? Show your rapid test was negative. These tests are not perfectly accurate, but the counterintuitive part is that they don’t have to be. More important than accuracy are speed and frequency of testing.n in a while "rediscover" the sacrament.
3. The debate is finally over: Masks work. It took three months, but universal mask-wearing is catching on. What was once awkward and unusual (in the United States, anyway) has now become more accepted. More states and businesses are requiring them. And, what was once political — thanks to our president who said people were wearing masks only to make him look bad — is quickly becoming common sense. We now see leaders in red states urging mask- wearing. (Not all masks are created equal, so fortunately, there is now guidance on what constitutes a good mask.)
4. Consensus has finally emerged that airborne spread is happening. Scientists in my field have been warning about this for months (I wrote about this in early February and more recently argued that airborne transmission is linked to super-spreader events), yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have consistently failed to recognize this. This week, the tide turned when 239 scientists signed a letter to the WHO urging it to acknowledge airborne transmission. And that’s exactly what the WHO did. This means that there will be more messaging coming out from the WHO and other organizations recommending that people add a new control to their toolkit for fighting this virus — healthy building strategies, such as higher ventilation, better filtration and the use of portable air-cleaning devices.
5. There is some science showing that past exposure to common-cold coronaviruses might be playing a protective role for some people. This is a big claim — and I should caution that it is not fully resolved — but several studies are now showing that 20 to 50 percent of people who had never been exposed to the novel coronavirus have immune cells — known as memory T cells — in their body that react to this new virus. The speculation is that this is due to prior exposure to common-cold coronaviruses. We still don’t know why some people fare better than others, or why a few spread the disease to many while others do not spread it at all, but these findings might hold some answers to those questions.
6. Vaccine trials seem to be working, and drug manufacturers have already said they might be able to deliver doses by October. Remember, it was not a given that vaccines would work, so the fact that the early-stage clinical trials are showing positive signs is encouraging. Also a reminder that this is lightning-fast; if we get a vaccine within 12 months, that will be the quickest vaccine ever developed — by several years. There is an important caveat: My colleague Juliette Kayyem likes to point out that vaccines don’t save people, vaccinations do. Once we have a vaccine, the hard task of manufacturing and distributing it comes into play. So, while the signs on vaccines are good, and we might have data in hand in a few months that they work, it will still be a few more months until people have the opportunity to actually receive the vaccine.
Nov 21, 2018 , y Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
Vatican City — God handed down his commandments not for people to hypocritically follow the letter of the law with a proud and righteous heart, but for people to recognize the truth of their weaknesses and acknowledge their need for help, healing and salvation, "Blessed are those who stop fooling themselves, believing they are able to save themselves from their weakness without God's mercy," which is the only thing that can heal a troubled heart, he said Nov. 21 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
"Blessed are those who recognize their evil desires and, with a penitent and humiliated heart, stand before God and humanity, not as one of the righteous, but as a sinner," he said. The pope continued his series of talks on the Ten Commandments, reflecting on the final commands, "You shall not covet ... your neighbor's wife" and "anything that belongs to your neighbor." The last commandments, he said, encapsulate the essence of all of God's commands -- that every sin or transgression stems from "coveting" and being caught up in evil thoughts and desires.
The commandments aim to set clear limits, which, if they are crossed, do great harm to oneself and to one's relationship with God and others, the pope said. But what compels people to cross those boundaries? he asked. All transgressions and sins, he said, stem from "one common inner root: evil desires." These desires "stir the heart and one enters the fray and ends up transgressing. But not a formal or legal transgression. A transgression that wounds, wounds oneself, wounds others."
He said Jesus explains in the Gospel of St. Mark that what is evil comes from what is inside a person, what is in their hearts -- evil thoughts like, "unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly." "Each one of us could ask ourselves which of these desires occurs often in me," as part of an examination of one's heart and recognition of the truth, he said.
The Ten Commandments will have no impact or effect if people do not understand the source of sin is inside them and the challenge is to "free the heart from all of these evil and ugly things," the pope said. God's laws could be reduced to just a "beautiful facade of a life that is still the life of a slave and not children" of God, he said. "Often, behind that pharisaical mask of asphyxiating correctness, something ugly and unresolved is hiding," he added. "Instead, we must let ourselves be unmasked by the commandments" in order to reveal one's spiritual poverty and be led to "a holy humiliation," recognizing one's failings and pleading to God for salvation. The laws of the Bible are not meant to "deceive people that a literal obedience (to the law) brings one to an artificial and, for that matter, unattainable salvation," he said. The law is meant to bring people to the truth about themselves -- to recognize their poverty and to authentically open themselves up to the mercy of God, "who transforms us and renews us. God is the only one who is able to renew our hearts as long as we open our heart to him. That's the only condition."
The commandments help people face "the disarray of our hearts in order to stop living selfishly" and become authentic children of God, redeemed by the Son and taught and guided by the Holy Spirit.