Revised Statement from the Liturgical Composers Forum Leadership Regarding David Haas
September 17, 2021 (Revised from statement of 7/24/2020)
We, the leadership of the Liturgical Composers Forum, stand with the victims of the serial predatory behavior by former member David Haas.
We are committed to a survivor-centered response.
In July of 2020, we revoked Haas' membership of the Liturgical Composers Forum and returned his donations. That decision was permanent and will never be revisited.
We further resolve that:
We recognize that we will never be free of abuse in our families, our communities, our Church, and our world, until we all stand together to say: “Enough! No more!”
For our own part, as the volunteer leaders of a pastoral music organization for composers, we are truly sorry for any words, actions or omissions that have contributed to the perpetuation of abuse, and we ask for God's grace in moving forward.
Although we recognize that our words will not take away the pain caused by the actions of predators like Haas, we call upon ourselves and our members to care for one another in our common humanity, to pray for a healing spirit, and to offer a willingness to listen to one another in love.
Steering Committee of the Liturgical Composers Forum
Jaime Cortez (chair)
Feargal King (ex officio)
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker
Executive Board of the Liturgical Composers Forum
Carol Marie Hemish, SSND