The Archdiocese continues to act on accusations of child sexual abuse by priests as they are received. In 2013, new allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were made against four priests of the archdiocese.
All of the priests were previously accused. Three are deceased and one was placed on a life of prayer and penance. All of the accusations were reported to the local prosecutor.
The Archdiocese spent $261,334.00 in 2013 on expenses related to allegations of child sexual abuse by priests. As with earlier such expenditures, the money came from general untargeted revenues available, not from the parish weekly collection basket, not from the Catholic Ministries Appeal, and not from any other designated collection. Another $211,848.00 was spent in 2013 on child protection efforts such as training and criminal background checks. In the calendar year 2013, more than 90,825 clergy, employees, and volunteers have been trained in the provisions of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Decree on Child Protection. Since 2003, more than 83,270 adults have had criminal background checks performed, including 60,047 currently working with children.
Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr urges anyone who was abused as a child by a priest or any other representative of the Archdiocese, or knows someone who was, to report the abuse immediately to the secular legal authorities and to the Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse, Cherie Groman, at (513) 263-6623.