Diocese receives allegation of abuse

By | April 13, 2013

Steps to report abuse allegations

In its April 13 statement, the Diocese of Green Bay encourages people who suspect an incident of sexual abuse to report it.

“If you know of an incident of sexual abuse of a person who is now under the age of 18 by a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer, immediately call the civil authorities and then the diocese,” said the statement.

“If the person was abused as a minor but is now an adult, please contact Jayne Stefanic, Diocesan Assistance Coordinator, 1-877-270-8174 or (920)
272-8174; email: [email protected]

In following its Policies of Appropriate Conduct, the diocese said Fr. Werner, a senior (retired) priest, has been temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry “pending the outcome of a complete review of these matters, which includes an investigation by an independent professional investigator.”

“The diocese is pastorally assisting both the person bringing the allegation and Fr. Werner. The diocese asks for prayers for both of them, and for all affected,” said the statement. “The diocese remains committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Its policies include permanently removing from ministry any clergy who have a substantiated allegation of abuse of a minor against them. In addition, the diocese requires all clergy, employees, and volunteers in all parishes, schools and diocesan offices to complete mandatory background checks and training on keeping children safe.”

The diocese reported that since 2003, 24,565 background checks have been completed and 28,813 people have completed the “VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children” program.

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