Friday, September 19, 2008

2008 Archdiocese of Milwaukee Accountability Statement

At the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, an introduction to the 2008 Annual Update to the Faithful of Southeastern Wisconsin Regarding the Archdiocesan Response to Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy. In the Update, page 1, Archbishop Dolan says.
I remain grateful to those who continually challenge us to do "more" and "better" as a Church.

On page 2 it summarizes the Safeguarding All of God's Family program. There's more on it at the Archdiocesan web site.

On page 3, our Archdiocese continues to insist on calling the mediation system it set up as "Independent". There's also a mention of the Restricted Diocesan Priests due to Substantiated Reports of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, though without indicating where the priests had been assigned and when.

On page 5 there's a breakdown of the Financial Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse in the last fiscal year. The total of $1,643,759
includes $876,156 for therapy-related and victims/survivors assistance costs, including mediation agreements; $17,324 for mediator fees for mediation; $12,576 for expenses related to the audit for compliance with the Dallas Charter; and $737,703 for general attorney fees and other expenses.

What's the cumulative financial impact?
Through June 30, 2008, the overall financial impact to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee of the clergy sexual abuse issue involving a diocesan priest and a minor was $26,571.821.

That does not include the financial impact on religious orders from sexual abuse involving their members and minors in the Archdiocese.

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