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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a letter Jan. 10 with the Ramsey County District Court providing recommendations for handling accusations of clergy sexual abuse of minors made known to the archdiocese after 2004.
During the hearing, the judge “considered the reasonable need for potential third-party review of claims that could be false or frivolous,” the archdiocese said in a statement Jan. 3.
In the weeks since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Catholic commentators have been analyzing the document’s themes and messages. The following first appeared in the National Catholic Register (ncregister.com). It was written by the newspaper’s senior editor, Joan Frawley Desmond, and is reprinted with permission.
The outcome of several 2 a.m. shifts at St. Mark’s adoration chapel surprised Benjamin Brekke.
Like many people, Brekke found comfort and peace during his weekly hour with Jesus, but he also found a challenge. God questioned Brekke, “What are you going to do with the talents I have given you?”
“One question to ask could be: Would my confession to this person bring healing to our friendship, or would it merely bring relief to me? In many cases, one’s desire to ‘confess’ is to avoid the pain of dealing with one’s own guilt, not because admission of guilt would restore wholeness to the relationship.”