Archbishop Smith pledges to work toward restoring trust broken by sex abuse
Trust in the Catholic Church has been broken in the wake of horrific reports of clergy sex abuse, but that trust can be restored, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith.
“As a bishop, I share in the pain and shame of that betrayal. I feel that and I’m sure every bishop feels that,” Smith told reporters Oct. 10.
Smith said the Archdiocese will be reviewing its own practices and protocols in light of updated and expanded national abuse prevention guidelines set by the Conference of Catholic Bishops at their plenary meeting last week.
Canada’s bishops have pledged to implement the 69 recommendations in the abuse