It’s Safe Environment Awareness Week at the Milwaukee Archdiocese

Apparently election reform is not a priority for Josh Kaul.

Wisconsin’s Attorney continues his witch hunt against Catholic priests hoping to find any and all violations in blatant bigotry targeted at the Catholic Church.

Kaul brazenly announced an investigation in April of 2021, and later, his wholly-owned subsidiary, the Journal Sentinel reported that “Kaul said the investigation focuses on clergy and faith leaders because more than 170 priests in Wisconsin have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct. Kaul said there is no planned end for the investigation or to take down the clergy abuse hotline the department established. As long as the department keeps receiving reports, it will continue to investigate and work with law enforcement across the state. The Milwaukee Archdiocese has taken the firmest stance against the investigation, calling it ‘anti-Catholic bigotry’ and refusing to allow investigators to see its records.”

Just last week the newspaper reported, “A year after Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a formal investigation into abuse by members of the clergy in Wisconsin, more than 200 reports have been made to the Department of Justice.”

It also wrote, “Kaul said there are no plans for ending it any time soon, though Kaul is facing reelection this fall.”

I repeat what I’ve stated in the past. As a devout Catholic I am outraged about  clergy who committed sexual abuse. But what Kaul is engaged in is blatant discrimination and prejudice against Catholicism.

The following was published in my church bulletin and many others on Sunday.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee recognizes April 24th –April 30th as Safe Environment Awareness Week. Each year in the month of April, which is recognized around the country as child abuse prevention month, we dedicate a week to elevating the general awareness of the Church’s efforts to keep our children safe. We want people to know that we are committed to maintaining safe environments in our parishes and schools through adult child abuse prevention training; criminal  background  checks  for  all  clergy,  volunteers  working  with  minors,  and  employees;  safety  training  for children in each grade level; and adhering to all mandatory reporting requirement laws.

Did You Know…
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a Victim Assistance Coordinator that assists survivors of sexual abuse to navigate through the process of reporting abuse and receiving counselling services. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can be reached at (414) 758-2232.The Archdiocese of Milwaukee also has a third-party reporting mechanism for misconduct through Convercent. All mandatory reporting laws in the State of Wisconsin are required to be followed with all reports to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee or Convercent. A report of abuse can also be made through the Advocate Aurora Healing Center or directly reported to the appropriate civil authorities.

Did You Know…
No priest or deacon with a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor can or will ever serve as a priest or deacon in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

And finally, last November, from Catholic League President Bill Donohue:

The 2020 Annual Report on clergy sexual abuse has just been released.  It is published by the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The data were collected by StoneBridge Business Partners.

During the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, there were 22 current allegations involving minors. Given that there are approximately 50,000 members of the clergy (49,926), and the number of substantiated charges are 6, this means that 99.9% of the clergy did not have a substantiated accusation made against him in the last year we have data.

You won’t find that in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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