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Information and Resources: Responding to the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Crisis

We are all very saddened, angered, disgusted and hurt by what has happened in our Church nationally with priests who have abused minors and bishops/cardinals who have not protected children from perpetrators.  We pray most especially for the victims of abuse and their families.  We pray for their healing and restoration.  We also pray for justice for them, and for any clergy or church personnel who have abused children to be turned over to civil authorities for prosecution.  We encourage anyone who is a victim or aware of any form of abuse to contact local law enforcement immediately and contact the Diocesan Victims’ Assistance Coordinator at 1-866-448-0217 or [email protected]


Please pray for our Church that we might be purified, reformed and restored.  Pray, too, please for all the many good priests, deacons, bishops and cardinals who have and continue to serve God’s flock faithfully.  There are many things we are doing here at St. Francis to create a safe environment for children, most especially following all the protocols of Protecting God’s Children for any church staff or parishioner volunteers who work with children, including BCI background checks.  We are praying, fasting and offering acts of reparation for the sins of our Church and for renewal.  Many of us are writing letters to civil and church authorities asking for full investigations and appropriate action to purge the Church of child abusers. 


Please continue to pray for our parishioners, also, for perseverance in faith, and that all of us as individuals, married couples, and families commit to growing our faith and work toward healing our Church now and for future generations.  We trust in the Lord and believe that Christ’s victory over sin will deliver us from this present evil. 


Fr. Dave



– Bishop Campbell’s Statement on Recent Abuse Revelations

– The Clerical Abuse Scandal: What Parents Can Do and How To Talk with Kids

– Four Ways Parents Can Say “No!” to Continued Churchwide Sexual Abuse

– Coping with the Clergy Abuse Crisis by Gregory Popcak

– Bishop Barron’s on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

– A Listening Session for Teens on Sexual Abuse by Priests

– Father Mike Schmitz on the Sex Abuse Scandal




Diocesan Statement to the Clergy 9-26-18


As set forth in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” the Diocese of Columbus has procedures in place specifically designed to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, with zero tolerance for any form of child abuse.  All credible claims of child sexual abuse are immediately reported to law enforcement and/or children service agencies, and those active clergy against whom such claims have been made are immediately removed from ministry and church property pending a completion of the investigation.  As in the past, the Diocese of Columbus will fully cooperate with civil authorities in any future inquiry of abuse allegations.


In addition, the Diocese of Columbus intends to make public information with respect to clergy, whether living or deceased, against whom such claims have been made and hope to make this information public within the next few months.  The Diocese of Columbus understands that this is an important step to restore the confidence of our faithful in their Church and its clergy.


The Diocese of Columbus encourages anyone who may have experienced sexual abuse by clergy or others associated with the Church to contact immediately law enforcement and the diocesan Victim’s Assistance Coordinator at 614-224-2251, 866-448-0217, or at  Forms for reporting abuse are available in Catholic parish and school offices and can be accessed from the diocesan website (



George Jones

Director of Communications

Catholic Diocese of Columbus

197 East Gay Street

Columbus, OH 43215

o: 614-241-2555, x1150

c: 614-420-4376



St. Francis de Sales Parish

40 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

St. Francis de Sales
Newark, OH

Phone:   740-345-9874


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