Archbishop Flynn Speaks on Clergy Sex Abuse

KARE 11 [Minneapolis-St.Paul MN]
Downloaded March 31, 2003

Archbishop Harry Flynn says he and his fellow bishops remain committed to dealing with sexual abuse by clergy.

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis spoke Saturday at a symposium at Siena College, his alma mater in upstate New York.

Flynn said critics are still talking about bishops shuffling priests from parish to parish, but said that is not an accurate or fair characterization of the bishops' actions in the last ten years.

Flynn said the charter and norms that the U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved in Dallas set national standards that make it clear the bishops are committed to a national solution for the national problem.

Flynn also said that no bishop thinks today that a change of assignment is enough to address the illness of a priest who commits sexual abuse.

About 350 people attended the daylong seminar on clergy sexual misconduct and how communities and the church deal with it.

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