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Bishop names seven new members to diocesan Child Protection review board Print E-mail
Written by Pete Sheehan   
Friday, 16 June 2017 14:16

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. has appointed seven new members to the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, effective June 1.

The new appointees, Dr. Joseph Mosca, Humility of Mary Sister Jean Orsuto, Timothy Schaffner, Father John Sheridan, Deacon Gregory Wood, Mary Ann Woods, and Brigid Kennedy, join those already serving on the board.

Msgr. John Zuraw, diocesan chancellor and diocesan safe environment coordinator, said that current members Dr. Joseph Irilli, Attorney Alan Kretzer, Dr. Ronald Mikilich, and Lutheran Pastor Mark Williams were reappointed,

Msgr. Zuraw noted that he, Det. Sergeant Delphine Baldwin-Casey, diocesan victim assistance coordinator, and Father John Jerek, vicar for clergy and religious, are ex officio members.

“The board of review members come with a wide range of expertise relevant to the issue of child abuse, including law, social service, medicine, pastoral ministry, psychology, and municipal child protection,” Msgr. Zuraw said.

In 2002, Bishop Thomas Tobin, then-bishop of Youngstown, established the diocesan review board under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Polices Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Priests, Deacons and other Church Personnel, as published by the United States Conference of Bishops that year.

“Addressing the scourge of child abuse has been a long-standing priority of this diocese,” Bishop Murry said. He noted that even before the U.S. bishops had established the charter, Bishop James Malone had instituted similar policies.

The review board assists the bishop by reviewing and assessing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons and other Church personnel to advise the bishop as to whether the allegations appear to be credible.

The review board makes recommendations concerning fitness for ministry in particular cases and reviews the policy and procedures of the diocese for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors, recommending to the bishop any appropriate modifications.

“The review board has been extremely helpful to me in advising me on cases of clergy and other Church personnel accused of abusing young people,” Bishop Murry said. “I’m extremely grateful to the men and women who offer their professional expertise and their dedication and compassion to this vital task.”

Persons who feel that they have been a victim of child abuse by a priest, deacon or other Church personnel should notify law enforcement authorities and call the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Baldwin-Casey at 330-718-1388.


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