February 20, 2005

Audit of diocese omits indictment


Sunday, February 20, 2005

SPRINGFIELD - The resignation of the former bishop a year ago amid allegations of sexual abuse was conspicuously absent from the second straight positive annual audit of the Springfield Diocese's implementation of the U.S. bishops policy to prevent clergy sexual abuse.

A three-page report on the audit of the Springfield Diocese released yesterday made no mention of the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who 15 months earlier held a press conference to announce the positive results of the first audit.

"Our policy has always been to take care of the victim's psychological needs ... and we will continue that effort," Dupre was quoted as saying at the time.

The audit that was released yesterday described in detail how the diocese has successfully implemented specific articles of the Charter for the Protection of Children.

Meanwhile, the diocese announced yesterday it is compiling for public release an updated report on the number of reported allegations and the outcomes of those allegations.

Posted by kshaw at February 20, 2005 05:21 AM