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Press Release

Diocese Responds to Nevada Lawsuit Verdict

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (November 2, 2012) -- On November 1, 2012, a Nevada jury ruled in favor of a plaintiff claiming negligence and financial damages against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. for an alleged 1984 incident of clergy sex abuse that occurred in Las Vegas by John Feeney, a former priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. The plaintiff’s attorneys sought damages of $5.1 million; the jury awarded damages of $500,000.

Following the verdict, Deacon Tim Reilly, General Director of the Diocesan Curia, stated, "The Diocese of Green Bay reiterates its apology to all victims/survivors of clergy sex abuse and reaffirms its commitment to keep all children safe from any potential harm. We will continue to adhere to strict Diocesan policies for keeping children safe and will continue to be rigorous in their communication and enforcement."

Diocese Outlines Policies to Keep Children Safe

The policies include:
  1. Barring from ministry any clergy who have a credible allegation of abuse of a minor against them
  2. Mandated background checks and abuse prevention training of all staff and volunteers in our parishes, schools and diocesan offices (approximately 26,000 people)
  3. Mandatory reporting of all credible allegations of abuse to local law enforcement authorities. This has ensured that due process within our legal system takes place.

Year after year, the Diocese has demonstrated its compliance with its policies, with national standards, and adherence to state law. More information is available on the Diocese's website (www.gbdioc.org) under the section titled "Protecting Our Children."


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


Justine Lodl
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Amber Backus
Communications Coordinator
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