FOX 11 Investigates: Could a Wyoming priest abuse case impact NE Wisconsin Catholics?


September 24, 2018

By Mark Leland

With a dark cloud hanging over the Catholic church, the Diocese of Green Bay is opening its files to an independent investigator. The diocese wants to make sure any documented allegations of abuse committed by priests have been dealt with properly over the years.

“Hopefully it will restore confidence in what we’re doing,” explained Bishop David Ricken with the Diocese of Green Bay.

The diocese, including its leader Bishop David Ricken, is also paying close attention to accusations of sexual abuse resurfacing in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Before coming to Green Bay, Ricken was Bishop of Cheyenne in 2002. He was a brand-new bishop. Among his first duties was to address an allegation of sexual abuse against his predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Joseph Hart, involving a 14-year-old boy in 1977.

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