November 29, 2018
By Dave Sutor
A review board that was established to monitor and evaluate steps taken by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to address child sexual abuse allegations if they arise determined the organization “has made significant and measurable progress towards developing a comprehensive program,” but noted that making sure “full implementation and enforcement of the policies and procedures” occurs is crucial going forward.
The Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown issued its first annual report on Wednesday, following examination of work done since the diocese entered a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2017.
The memorandum was adopted after the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General released a grand jury report in 2016, providing information about how the diocese allegedly carried out a decades-long coverup to protect predator priests, under the oversight of former Bishops Joseph Adamec and James Hogan.
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