HARRISBURG, Pa. – Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, released the following statement regarding the use of music composed by David Haas.
“After the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct made against liturgical composer and musician David Haas, and in consideration of the statements from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis (Mr. Haas’ home diocese) regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct dating back to the 1980s, and along with other diocese and archdiocese, including the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we are suspending the use of all liturgical music composed by Mr. Haas for all Diocesan and Cathedral celebrations, effective immediately. The parishes, religious communities and institutions throughout the Diocese are encouraged to do the same.
“The Diocese of Harrisburg takes these allegations against Mr. Haas seriously and while he has denied any wrongdoing, this decision has been made out of respect for any possible survivors. The Diocese of Harrisburg stands in solidarity with all survivors of sexual violence and harassment and is committed to promoting and maintaining safe environments.”
The Diocese of Harrisburg urges anyone who has experienced sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer to contact law enforcement. The Diocese also offers support to survivors of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. To report misconduct or learn more about the healing resources available, please visit www.youthprotectionhbg.com.
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