If you or someone you know has experienced clergy sexual abuse, we encourage you to report it and take a step towards the healing and care you deserve. Our primary concern is your well-being. We are here to support you in any way we can with your mental, relational and/or spiritual needs.
While an accurate and transparent reporting process of abuse is important, our top priority is that you receive the care and support you deserve. No matter how long ago the abuse may have occurred, we encourage you to come forward. If you want to speak with an independent social worker, please call (604) 363-7338. The people providing this service will compassionately listen to you and outline some possible options for care.
We are aware that many victims/survivors and their families have little or no connection with the Catholic church. But for those who choose to approach us, we are committed to offering you the compassion, respect and path towards the deeper healing that you deserve. You are not alone and people within the Catholic community deeply want to help. We understand how much courage it takes to report your experience and we sincerely hope that each victim will consider coming forward.
2020 Update Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse
In late 2019, the Archdiocese of Vancouver published a report on the historical cases of clergy sexual abuse in the archdiocese. Since then an archdiocesan group has been working to implement recommendations published in that report. This new report gives an overview on the progress of that group, a few more updates and the publication of an additional three priests involved in abuse settlements that have not been previously published.
2019 Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse
Below is the official report by an Archdiocese of Vancouver review committee on clerical sexual abuse. It contains 31 recommendations and responses and naming of Vancouver priests who have been criminally convicted, named in settled lawsuits or have been the subject of other public cases.
The 12-page report, released by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, is the culmination of a months-long survey of sexual abuse cases that took place in the Archdiocese of Vancouver since 1950 and is the first report of its kind released by any diocese in Canada.
Archbishop Michael Miller received all the committee’s recommendations and has launched an Implementation Working Group to work out the practical details for carrying out the recommendations.
Media Statement About Class Action Lawsuit
Aug. 27, 2020
Beginning in late 2018, the Archdiocese of Vancouver — working with victims/survivors and independent investigators — conducted a thorough review of historic files relating to sexual abuse by clergy. Our aim was to reach and help more victims/survivors, address past wrongs and to show more transparency. To the extent permitted by Canadian law, we have shared this journey with the public.