OF GREENSBURG PA
Accused Priests: 21 (including 11 clergy against whom there were substantiated allegations and 10 against whom there were unsubstantiated allegations; substantiated allegations are ones "for which there is clear evidence, a confession or a civil conviction"; total does not include 1 substantiated allegation against an extern priest, and allegations against an unspecified number of order priests)
Total Diocesan Priests: 334
Alleged Victims: NA
Cost: $352,604 for counseling fees and settlements
Sources of Funds: $310,000 from the diocese, and $42,604 from insurers
See the Dallas Morning News database entry on Emeritus Bishop Anthony Bosco. The June 2002 database examined the records of bishops and identified those who had allowed accused priests to continue working or had otherwise protected priests accused of sexual abuse. The database is relevant to the bishops' "Nature and Scope" study because the bishops who prepared the surveys for the study are in many cases responsible for the "scope" of the problem.
Diocese releases John Jay abuse survey results
By Angela J. Burrows
GREENSBURG — Results of the national John Jay study into the problem of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in the United States will be released publicly Feb. 27. Today the Diocese of Greensburg released the numbers that it gathered last summer and submitted to John Jay representatives.
Conducted by the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the study represents a quantitative description of the scope of the problem of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in the United States in the last half-century.
According to Greensburg diocesan officials, of the 334 diocesan priests
who have served the diocese since 1951, 11 or 3.2 percent have had substantiated
allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against them. In addition to
the 11 diocesan priests, one priest from outside the diocese, who for
a time served in the Greensburg Diocese, was involved in the substantiated
cases. (These numbers do not include religious-order priests who have
served in diocesan parishes since 1951.)
The study was commissioned by the national review board, which was established
by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to ensure compliance with the
USCCB's charter to protect children and young people. The USCCB adopted
the charter in June 2002 after widely publicized reports of sexual abuse
of minors in the Archdiocese of Boston and other dioceses rocked the church
around the country. The John Jay study is the first of its kind to look
at any specific population in such comprehensive detail and represents
the USCCB's commitment to addressing the problem.
The diocese and its insurance carriers have paid $352,604 in counseling fees and settlements related to the allegations since 1951, Father Statnick said, explaining that $310,000 has come from diocesan coffers and the remainder from the diocese's insurance carriers. The money that came from diocesan coffers was from the diocese's insurance fund. Of the total, $267,600 was spent on one case, which was settled in the early 1980s.
Release of the national John Jay results comes one month after release of the aggregate results of a compliancy audit of all U.S. dioceses. The audit, conducted by the New York City-based Gavin Group, was commissioned by the USCCB to ensure that all dioceses are following the guidelines set forth in the charter and its associated norms. The audit of the Diocese of Greensburg gave the diocese high marks and included a commendation for Bishop Bosco's proactive and forward thinking in the handling of the problem of clergy sexual abuse of minors. The diocese also was commended for the efforts of its pastoral care team.
As part of its implementation of the charter, the Diocese of Greensburg is requiring awareness training for all clergy, school personnel, religious education instructors and other staff and volunteers who have contact with minors. The National Catholic Risk Retention Group developed material for the Virtus "Protecting God's Children" training. The diocese selected the program for its quality and the ability it affords the diocese to "train the trainer" and then have them train others in their regions, diocesan officials said. To date about 2,600 or nearly all diocesan employees and volunteers who work with children have been trained.
In addition, in April 2003, the diocese released its Minor Protection Policy, which was a consolidation of all of its already-existing personnel policy requirements governing diocesan employees and volunteers who have significant contact with minors, officials said. These requirements include background clearances and guidelines for appropriate contact with minors. The policy was further refined in September 2003 with the addition of a mandate that all employees and volunteers who have significant contact with children receive Virtus training or something similar.
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