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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 session for each webinar will open thirty minutes before the beginning of the webinar. The webinar can be viewed here


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 developing and increasing accountability measures in the Church, accompanied by several developments in canon law designed to put accountability measures into practice. Implementation of these accountability measures at the local level is essential for the work of establishing and maintaining systems that support safe environments through a “highly reliable culture,” and, ultimately, promoting the mission of the Church.

This webinar will review developments in the law in recent years and discuss how they have contributed to building structures and processes of accountability in the Church. It will provide recommendations for implementing these developments 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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