February 20, 2005

No Priest Abuse Allegations in Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese


(Washington-WANE-AP) Roman Catholic bishops say over the last year they've received nearly 1,100 new allegations of sexual abuse by priest and deacons. However, their report showed zero allegations of abuse to a minor by priests or deacons in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese. The report comes from a new national audit of U.S. dioceses put in place nearly three years ago as part of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young Persons. ...

The following is the official release issued by Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese:

The 2004 Audit Executive Summary reflects findings made by independent auditors who, during the week of October 11-15, 2004, met with diocesan personnel, contacted local law enforcement officials, and examined diocesan records and practices. This audit was performed to determine diocesan compliance with the terms of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young Persons. It was the second audit conducted on the diocese since the inception of the Charter in 2002. The first audit of this diocese occurred from August 18 to August 22, 2003. On that occasion it was determined that the diocese met or exceeded the Charter requirements. The focus of this second audit concentrated on events occurring from the last day of the first audit until the first day of the second audit. I am pleased that we again passed this test of compliance.

Posted by kshaw at February 20, 2005 05:12 AM