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Diocesan employees discussed sexual abuse scandal

After discussion, Mass held to pray for victims, survivors of sexual abuse and families

Published: September 6, 2018   
Aprille Hanson
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor celebrates Mass Aug. 31 at St. John Center in Little Rock for victims of sexual abuse and their families. Assisting him are Deacon Matt Glover (left) and Father Erik Pohlmeier.

Diocesan employees gathered Aug. 31 with Bishop Anthony B. Taylor to discuss the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church that have been in the news. Msgr. Jack Harris, pastor at Sacred Heart in Morrilton and a trained crisis counselor, facilitated a session for sharing reactions to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s report and the recently disclosed credible allegations of sexual abuse by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Deacon Matthew Glover, chancellor for canonical affairs, also shared information and responded to questions. He assists Bishop Taylor with the Diocese of Little Rock’s compliance with the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its related Essential Norms that can be found on under Safe Environment.

Following the two-hour meeting, Bishop Taylor presided at a Mass with the diocesan staff that was for the intentions of the victims and survivors of sexual abuse and their families.

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