March 31, 2006

Audit finds diocese is protecting kids


By Jean Peerenboom

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay recorded a third consecutive year of compliance with national standards for keeping children safe in 2005, at the same time that the national church revealed that it received 783 more complaints of sex abuse by clergy.

Green Bay's on-site audit was requested by Bishop David Zubik, who is in Rome this week, and a diocesan spokesman said the voluntary step was evidence of local efforts to keep children safe.

"He didn't have to do that," said Tony Kuick, director of communications. "We could have just done the paperwork."

The two independent auditors were former FBI agents from The Gavin Group, an independent, non-church organization based in Winthrop, Mass., Kuick said. The group has been auditing dioceses across the country for the past three years.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 07:55 AM