Conference hails signing of new law on clerical reporting
Bishops supported the bill
The signing by Gov. Jim Doyle on April 19 of a law strengthening requirements for clergy on the reporting of sexual abuse of minors was applauded by Wisconsin's Catholic bishops.
In a statement released Monday, John Huebscher, executive director of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference - the civil arm of the state's bishops - said, "We supported SB 207 since its introduction and we are pleased that it is now law."
Huebscher said the signing was "a day of progress for survivors and victims, a day of fulfillment for the bill's authors and a day of quiet reflection and renewal for the Catholic
Church in Wisconsin."
The bishops, he said, "are well aware that Catholics, the larger public and the legislature expect them to continue their efforts to assure that the church will deal with child abuse in a way that is open, committed to justice, and compassionate to victim-survivors. Those expectations will be met.
"This law is one more step on a long journey to make society safer for children," Huebscher said. "It marks as well another step in our journey as Catholics to restore trust in how the church addresses issues of clergy misconduct. That journey will continue until
the restoration is complete."