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Accountability and Safe Environments in the Church

November 18 2020

2:00 – 3:00 p.mp EST

Susan Mulheron JCL

The recording for the session can be viewed here and here is the link for the recording: https://ustpaul.adobeconnect.com/pqwr5n665fpk/

In recent years, and especially since the February 2019 global summit meeting at the Vatican on “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” there has been a surge of interest in the development of accountability measures in the Church, especially for bishops and others in positions of ecclesial governance, which has resulted in several changes to canon law in a brief period of time. This webinar will review these developments and discuss how they reflect a commitment to addressing the cultural elements in the Church that have contributed to past failures in the areas of safeguarding and accountability. It will provide recommendations for building structures and processes of accountability on the local level and suggest areas where local churches can implement best practices in order to build upon the foundation provided by universal law.


Susan Mulheron JCL


Susan Mulheron, JCL
Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Susan Mulheron holds a licentiate degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and is writing her doctoral thesis on the canonical issues related to sexual abuse of minors in the Church. Susan is the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, an office she has held since 2013. Susan’s canonical experience includes serving as an advisor in cases of clergy sexual misconduct and for the Ministerial Review Board for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, as well as in various roles in ecclesiastical tribunals. Susan has given several seminar and panel presentations at national and regional events related to canonical processes regarding records management, clergy misconduct, and sexual abuse in the Church. She is a past member of the Board of Governors for the Canon Law Society of America, and has also served on several committees for the CLSA.

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