April 19, 2005

Archdiocese suspends priest monitoring


Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has backed off a policy for now that would have allowed church officials to search the homes or computers of priests accused of sexual misconduct.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan said Tuesday he would not put the policy into effect without "vigorous consultation" with priests. The archdiocese's advisory priest council will review the policy April 28 before Dolan makes a final decision.

Dolan had approved the policy in December, and priests were told about it last month. Church officials meant to discuss the policy with the council before sending the guidelines to priests, archdiocesan spokeswoman Kathleen Hohl said.

"The intent of it is to be helpful to them," she said.

But Marquette University theology professor Daniel Maguire said the policy had the opposite effect, calling it "an insult to all the priests in the diocese."

Posted by kshaw at April 19, 2005 08:29 PM