Green Bay Priest Cleared from Alleged Abuse Investigation

By Cassandra Duvall
NBC 26
June 15, 2013

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Catholic Diocese says an investigation into alleged child abuse has been ruled unsubstantial.

On April 20, the Diocese said it received the allegation of abuse against Father Justin N. Werner, a senior (retired) priest. Werner was temporarily restricted from performing any public ministry until an investigation could be completed. The alleged abuse was said to have happened at Saint Edward Parish in Mackville during the 1970’s. 

The Diocese said an independent investigator has concluded the allegation against Father Justin Werner is unsubstantiated. 

The restrictions of Fr. Werner’s ministry have been lifted by Bishop David L. Ricken. 

The Diocese said they must be “diligent” in their process to ensure safety of children, therefore the investigation of alleged abuse from the 1970’s continues.


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