A Safe Environment for All

Updated information, news articles and documents regarding

ongoing activity and planning for securing and maintaining a Safe Environment for all.

What to do if you suspect sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric or church worker or volunteer: 
FIRST, call the LA Child Abuse Hotline, 855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437) and/or your local law enforcement agency
THEN, call the diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Dr. Lee Kneipp, Clinical Psychologist, (318) 542-9805.

Analysis: On sexual abuse, what will U.S. bishops, and the pope, do next?

by JD Flynn Washington D.C., Nov 26, 2018 / 06:15 pm (CNA): Bishop Frank Rodimer and Fr. Peter Osinski were friends. Osinski was a priest in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Rodimer was Bishop of Paterson, a nearby diocese, from 1978 until 2004. For years the men rented a beach house together each summer…

Bishop’s message for November: Remaining connected to the Vine of Life

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower… I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing (John 15.1, 5). The world-wide Catholic Church exists because the Lord God has willed it so.…

Bishop’s message for October: Tikkun Olam (Repair the World)

A transcript of Bishop David Talley’s Homily at the Red Mass celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on September 21, 2018, Feast of St. Matthew; Mass of the Holy Spirit We celebrate this Red Mass, a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, to ask blessing and benediction on the judges and attorneys and legislators and…

USCCB Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority September 19, 2018 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge…

Fasting for others’ sins: what does it mean?

By Cari Terracina, Publications Manager “I turned to the Lord, to seek help, in prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3) As the Church as a whole processes the information of the recent clerical abuse scandals, several of our church leaders have pointed out the importance of taking action, of continuously returning…

Bishop’s message for September…

Bishop David Talley would like to share with you the letter he sent to the clergy of our diocese regarding the latest revelations concerning clergy sexual abuse: August 24, Feast of St. Bartholomew, an Apostle of the Lord I have waited a bit to write to you, not knowing how to say what was in…