April 01, 2006

Fargo diocese not fully in compliance with training requirements

Grand Forks Herald

Associated Press
FARGO, N.D. - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo has not fully complied with training requirements of a national church policy to prevent sexual abuse, a report says.

A November audit by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops found the Fargo diocese among 22 that are not in compliance with the policy. The Diocese of Crookston, Minn., and the Diocese of Bismarck were found to be in full compliance.

The Fargo diocese has a training program, but the training had not been completed at the time of the audit, said Rev. Gregory Schlesselmann, the vicar general of the diocese.

"It's on ongoing process," Schlesselmann said. "You have new people coming in. You have a turnover of volunteers from year to year."

Clergy, staff and other personnel are required to watch a training video.

Posted by kshaw at April 1, 2006 09:30 AM