Archdiocese Reveals Findings From Yearlong Review Of Sex Abuse Crisis

Steve Burns
September 30, 2019 - 11:45 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An independent investigator announced Monday that a year-long review has found that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York is meeting its obligations in responding to the sexual abuse crisis.

"The archdiocese follow strict protocols in every one of the cases that comes to it," said Barbara Jones, a retired federal judge appointed by the archdiocese amid its efforts to assure New York Catholics that it is serious about reform.

Jones said the archdiocese doesn't have anyone in ministry today against whom there's a substantiated complaint of abuse of a minor and says the archdiocese is working hard at prevention, especially with the safe environment training.

Though she does recommend the archdiocese upgrade their record systems from paper to electronic for the work ahead.

"I mentioned that it was a lengthy review that we did and I meant in time as well as in work and a lot of that was because of the lack of enhanced technology," Jones said.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he felt like a nervous schoolboy waiting to hear the results of an exam.

"I've held my breath and now I'm very grateful and very relieved," Dolan said.

Dolan noted that church abuse survivors suffer deep wounds they may never get over, however, he expressed hope that those who harbor mistrust can find it in their hearts to be thankful for the church's good-faith efforts to right past wrongs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.