St. Paul, Minn., Dec 14, 2018 / 20:01 pm
Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced Friday several changes meant "to change the culture that fostered the clergy abuse crisis."
Among these are the creation of a new position within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to ensure that "the voice of survivors of clergy sexual abuse will be regularly heard within Archdiocesan leadership," Hebda wrote in a Dec. 14 letter.
"To strengthen that voice, I want to say again today that any survivor who at any time entered into a settlement agreement containing a confidentiality provision is released from that provision," he added.
"I also reiterate my pledge to meet with any survivors who would like to do so."