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We Need to Talk About David Haas

by Jessica Helms, September 1, 2020
  

We need to talk about David Haas. 

Over the past few months, allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse against the composer, David Haas, were brought to light. As of this week, the survivor advocacy group, Into Account, has compiled accusations from 38 women spanning more than 40 years.

The publishing company GIA has suspended its professional relationship with Haas and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has prohibited him from working in their parishes, Catholic schools, or other Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese.

I will not go into detail of the accusations here out of respect to any victims of abuse that may read this post.  Instead, I will provide links to more detailed articles and accounts for those who choose to read further.

Article from Catholic News Agency

NY Times Article

Personal statement from Jeanne Cotter (Haas’s former wife and victim)

Regardless of the specifics, Haas allegedly used his musical influence and role as a spiritual mentor, including at his annual music conference geared towards the teenage demographic, Ministry Alive, to groom young women and perpetuate abuse.

I believe the victims. Even if just one of the accounts were true, that would be one too many. Therefore, I believe the least thing we can do is stop singing his music. Yes, some of his songs are very beautiful with thoughtful and compelling lyrics. But by continuing to perform his works, we would be proclaiming that hearing some of our favorite hymns was more important than acknowledging and respecting the pain of the survivors. I instead, wish to stand in solidarity with them.

I would also like to link a specific article which I found helpful upon hearing these allegations.  It goes into explaining how to have a survivor-centered response to allegations such as these. Be forewarned; it contains some detailed accounts of abuse.

A Survivor Centered Approach to Allegations against David Haas

Many are probably not familiar with the composer’s name, so I will list the specific titles in our hymnal that will be affected.

# 500 Now We Remain, #581 You Are Mine, #720 We Are Called, #728 Blest Are They

I know the removal of these songs might be difficult and cause feelings of sorrow and loss. But I also know it is the right thing to do. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

 

Jessica Helms

Coordinator of Chapel Music

 

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, call the National Abuse Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE available 24 hours everyday or visit RAINN.org


 

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