February 18, 2005

Diocese says 34 more individuals have reported abuse


WATERLOO, Iowa Officials say that over the last two years, 34 individuals have reported incidents of child sexual abuse by priests to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Archbishop Jerome Hanus says in a letter to Catholic households in the archdiocese that each person comes forward with a story and often much hurt and pain. The archdiocese covers 30 northeast Iowa counties and the cities of Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Mason City.

Hanus' letter was meant to update members of the archdiocese on its response to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church.

Posted by kshaw at February 18, 2005 06:22 PM