Gb Diocese Priest Cleared in Alleged Abuse Case
June 15, 2013
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Catholic Diocese says an allegation of abuse of a minor by a priest has been deemed unsubstantiated.
On April 20th, the diocese said it had received the allegation against Father Justin Werner, a senior (retired) priest.
The abuse, which Fr. Werner denied, was alleged to have happened at St. Edward Parish in Mackville in the 1970s.
Fr. Werner was temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry pending an investigation.
According to a statement from the Diocese Saturday, an independent investigator has concluded the allegation against Fr. Werner is unsubstantiated.
Bishop David Ricken has since lifted the restrictions of Fr. Werner's ministry.
The Diocese said it must be diligent in its due process to ensure the safety of children and to advocate on behalf of victims/survivors.
Therefore, officials with the Diocese said the investigation regarding the allegation of abuse continues.