February 19, 2006

Little known of diocese’s abuse panel

The State Journal-Register

Published Sunday, February 19, 2006

More than a year after creation of a committee to review allegations against priests in the Springfield Catholic Diocese, area Catholics have been told nothing about what the committee has learned.

Bishop George Lucas held a press conference on Feb. 17, 2005, announcing that former U.S. Attorney Bill Roberts would conduct a “thorough, open-minded and unbiased” probe into allegations of clergy misconduct.

Diocesan officials have not yet disclosed the number of reports against priests, whether any actions have been taken as a result, or how much the probe has cost the diocese.

“We haven’t really discussed this with anybody,” Roberts said last week. “We haven’t talked to anyone about this, and we’re not going to. That’s what we’ve consistently done.”

Posted by kshaw at February 19, 2006 11:08 AM