MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Charles Reid is a professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches canon law. He is also a Catholic, and is asking for prayers for the church.

“Say a prayer for Catholics, say a prayer for the innocent victims. I mean, the victims have to come first,” Reid said.

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His hope is that the church can somehow get through this time of uncertainty, with a recent number of new allegations coming forth about priests accused of sexually molesting young people.

He said it is different nowadays.

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Reid said in 2004 in Boston, then Archbishop Bernard Law, stone-walled everyone when confronted with sexual abuse allegations made against priests.

“And I don’t see the same level of resistance now,” he said.

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He believes prevention is key going forward. Young seminarians training to become priests are better educated and better screened psychologically now than they were in the past.