This week you may have seen reports in the news about the list that was released by the U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which contains a list of all members of the Province against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse. Holy Cross, of course, is the community to which Fr. Michael, Fr. Mike and I belong, and Christ the King has been staffed with Holy Cross priests and brothers ever since we were founded in 1933.
I need to draw your attention to two names on this list, since both of these men served at our parish at one point:
- Ralph Luczak served as Parochial Vicar of Christ the King from 1965 to 1969. He was accused of sexual assault in 1969, although the incident did not occur at Christ the King. He died the following year.
- Randall Blum was a seminarian who lived at Christ the King from 1983 to 1985. He was dismissed from the seminary, and after the accusation was made, his case was turned over to civil authorities for prosecution.
These allegations aren’t new, and both of them have been previously disclosed, but it is still very jarring to see these names in print and to know that they served at our parish. I know that the hope of our Province in releasing this list is that having these names exposed all at once will aid the victims in finding healing and closure, as well as reinforcing a new level of transparency in dealing with these kinds of crimes.
Over the past several months, many parishioners have approached me individually to express how this scandal has been a severe test of their faith. I’ve tried to include a lot of information in these bulletin columns, but please know that if it would ever be helpful to speak one-on-one – to ask questions, vent frustration, or learn about safeguards that have been put into place – I am always available. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about this issue or anything else.