St. Paul, Minn., May 31, 2018 / 13:35 pm
Announcing a $210 million agreement with sexual abuse victims, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said he hopes the settlement will mark a new beginning for abuse survivors and the local Church.
"With the settlement today, we reaffirm our efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults," Archbishop Hebda said at a May 31 press conference.
"Even in this moment of taking another step toward providing justice to survivors of abuse, we know our work in this regard is not complete," he said. "Our Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment team will continue its work on demonstrable actions to ensure that our churches, schools and communities are safe places for all."
He noted that the December 2015 child safety policies established by the archdiocese – which include training every volunteer and employee who works with children about how to recognize and prevent abuse – continue to be the national standard for maintaining safe environments.