Diocese creates commission to look for abuse

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Catholic Diocese of Juneau announced an independent commission to review the personnel files of clergy and religious who have served in the Diocese of Juneau since it was established in 1951.

    They will also review all allegations of sexual misconduct of employees and volunteers reported to the diocese since 1951.

     The members of the commission are:
     
    Patricia Collins, retired District Court Judge in Ketchikan and retired Superior Court Judge in Juneau.
     
    Thomas E. Schulz, retired Superior Court Judge, who practiced law in Juneau and served as a Dist. Magistrate for 2 1/2 years in Juneau and as a Superior Court Judge in Ketchikan for 19 years.  
     
    Kris Sell, retired Juneau Police Lieutenant, worked for 20 years as an officer, detective sergeant, and finishing with 12 years as a lieutenant.  
     
    The members of the commission will have full access and complete cooperation.  Upon completion of their review, the members of the commission will present a written report simultaneously to the Bishop and the President of the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children, Young People, and Vulnerable Adults.  Among its findings, the report will contain a list of all names of those determined by the commission to have credible allegations of sexual misconduct, which includes any violation of state, federal or canon law involving children or vulnerable adults as well as improper handling of those cases by those in authority and recommended improvements.  The members of the commission will also publish a written statement as to whether or not they did indeed receive full access and complete cooperation during their review.
     
    After the Bishop and the members of the Diocesan Review Board review the report, the Bishop will publish the names of those with credible allegations of sexual misconduct committed against minors and vulnerable adults.
     
    The commission will begin their work on January 7, 2019, and are estimated to complete the review by June 1, 2019.
     
    In a statement Bishop Bellisario Andrew Bellisaricmd

    o offered his deepest apologies to anyone who has been harmed by a representative of the Church in the Diocese of Juneau.  Victim-survivors of clerical sexual abuse is encouraged to first report allegations of abuse to local law enforcement.  The Diocese of Juneau is committed to justice and healing for all survivors of sexual abuse and maintaining safe environments for the protection of all.

    "It makes me incredibly angry.  I've been a priest for 34 years.  To see names continuing to come out in the diocese of those who have abused the most vulnerable among us, makes me incredibly angry.  The people of God are very upset about that."

     

     

     

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