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Canon Law Webinar: The 2018 Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Guidelines on Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: Canonical and Pastoral Considerations

September 11, 2019, Bishop Robert Bourgon

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

A recording of this webinar can be viewed here.

The tragedy of sexual abuse in the Church has finally received worldwide recognition. In response to this shocking crisis, various dioceses and countries have responded in different ways. This webinar will attempt to look at the responses in Canada over the last 30 years and see where we can go now.

  • What were the responses and what have we learned?
  • What can we do now to safeguard our children, vulnerable adults and families from such horror?
  • What is actually being done today?
  • How do we see the Church as responding?

Bishop Bourgon



Bishop Robert Bourgon, Bishop of Hearst/Moosonee, was born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1956. He studied at St. Peter’s Seminary in London and was ordained a priest in 1981 and a bishop in 2016. He studied canon law at Saint Paul University and obtained a doctorate there. He has been a parish priest, Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie as well as Vicar General and Chancellor. He has had some experience in handling these painful cases. He is still involved in trying to heal this great hurt to our people and the Church.


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