Green Bay Diocese Restricts Accused Priest

By Tom Kertscher
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 13, 2013

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay announced Saturday that Father Justin Werner, a retired priest, has been accused of abusing a minor in the 1970s.

According to a statement from the diocese:

The abuse is alleged to have occurred at St. Edward Parish in Mackville, which is about six miles north of Appleton. Werner denies the allegation.

Werner has been temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry pending the outcome of a review by the diocese, which includes an investigation by an independent professional investigator.

Werner is in his 80s and has served more than 50 years as a priest, according to a letter from Werner to members of St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, where he served as an assistant in recent years.


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