Cardinal Dolan names judge to review response to clergy sex abuse claims

AMNew York

September 20, 2018

By Bart Jones

Barbara Jones will evaluate and recommend improvements to the archdiocese’s response to the sex abuse crisis.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is asking a retired federal judge to independently examine how the Archdiocese of New York handles sexual abuse allegations against priests and church employees.

Dolan, who leads New York City’s nearly 3 million Catholics, unveiled the review Thursday when he announced the appointment of Barbara Jones, who sat on the bench nearly 20 years in New York’s Southern District.

Jones, 71, has been promised complete access to records, personnel and to Dolan himself, the cardinal said.

As part of her analysis, Jones will recommend how the archdiocese can improve its response to the sex abuse crisis and whether its victim compensation program has indeed helped survivors, Dolan said.

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