Church in Crisis
On March 1, 2019 the Diocese of Columbus released a list of "Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse of a Minor." Find a letter from Bishop Campbell and the full list at columbuscatholic.org.
On March 8, 2019 the Paulist Fathers released a "List of Paulist Fathers Credibly Accused of Sexual Misconduct." Find a statement and the complete list at paulist.org/protectingchildren.
We are here to listen and support our faith community. Reach out to any one of our Paulist Fathers or pastoral staff members at any time.
Protecting God's Children
All Newman Center priests and lay staff, as well as volunteers who interact with children are required to get BCI/FBI background checks and go through the Virtus Protecting God's Children training workshop.
The Newman Center staff and ministry leaders are required to immediately report any suspected case of sexual abuse and/or child endangerment, abuse or neglect to:
In Response to the Clergy Abuse Crisis
The Newman Center has hosted three listening sessions during the 2018-19 year to discuss the clergy abuse crisis and answer questions. At this time, no more sessions are being planned. However, we are always here to listen and support our community. Please feel free to contact the Paulist Fathers or Pastoral Staff at any time.
In April 2019, the Newman Center hosted Michael Mack’s “powerful” (Washington Post) and “magnificent” (New York Theatre Guide) one-man, 90-minute play Conversations with My Molester: A Journey of Faith. Mack's boyhood dream of becoming a Catholic priest ended when his pastor first invited him to the rectory. This play is Mack's spiritual autobiography – a true story of trespass, grace, and the odyssey of healing that led him back to the Catholic Church. His multiple prize-winning work has been praised by secular and religious sources alike. A post-show discussion followed featuring Michael Mack and clergy. For more information, please visit michaelmacklive.com.
Michael Mack on WOSU's All Sides with Ann Fisher