In April of this year, my Bishop asked me to take a position in the Chancery as the Director of Child Protection & Safety for the Diocese of Arlington. It took me a number of days for me to accept his proposal. One of the main reasons for my hesitation was the very nature of the position. Working in the area of child protection you typically get to hear and see the bad and the ugly.
Last Thursday, I spent the day in conference with Catholic Charities therapists and other chancery ministry counterparts learning about the cultural pandemic of sexual addiction, pornography and potential therapeutic solutions. It is neither a light subject nor a subject with easy solutions. My diocese is privileged to have as their Bishop the first to address the issue of pornography in a Pastoral Letter entitled, “Bought with a Price.”