In Wake of Devastating Report, Abuse Survivors Call for Archbishop Aymond’s Resignation – He Says He Won’t

A small group of survivors of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy protested outside a special Mass this week, calling on Archbishop Aymond to resign over his handling of the clergy abuse crisis.

Three survivors stood outside the gates of St. Angela Merici on Wednesday, holding “Aymond Must Go” signs as the archbishop entered for Mass on the first day of a three-day Mission to the Holy Spirit.

The archdiocese issued this statement about the 73-year-old Aymond:

“Archbishop Aymond has no intention of resigning or retiring until the age of 75 when it is canonically required of him to submit his retirement letter. He was among the first bishops in the country and the first in the State of Louisiana to voluntarily release the names and assignment histories of clerics who had been removed from ministry because of accusations they abused a minor.”

It’s the first time in years that survivors have protested to call for Aymond to step down. Survivors held up some of the same signs they used at much larger protests in 2020 and 2021.

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