Independent Investigator recommends Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of New York hire sex abuse czar to vet complaints

NBC News

September 30, 2019

By Corky Siemaszko

Advocate for victims said the church should not be involved in hiring the person who polices its priests.

An independent investigator tasked with reviewing how the Archdiocese of New York has been dealing with the predator priest scandal in the Catholic Church urged Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday to hire a sex abuse czar to oversee these kinds of complaints.

“I have recommended that the Archdiocese hire a person whose sole responsibility is to oversee its response to sexual abuse complaints,” Barbara Jones wrote in her report.

Jones, a retired federal judge, was commissioned by the Archdiocese of New York in 2018 to conduct the review of the church’s handling of abuse allegations.

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