Local Catholic Diocese Found Not to be Complying With Measures

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln are among 20 dioceses across the nation found not to be following measures adopted to prevent sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Among the problems at the Omaha archdiocese identified by auditors in a report released Tuesday: the lack of a victim assistance coordinator; the lack of a code of conduct for anyone working with youth; and a lack of a church code explicitly stating law enforcement must be notified immediately of any claims of abuse.

However, the archdiocese has become compliant with the measures since auditors visited in September, Archbishop Elden Curtiss said.

Reverend Mark Huber, a spokesman for the Lincoln Diocese, said that while his diocese may not be in compliance with all the measures set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, it is in compliance with all the civil and ecclesiastical laws.

A release by the Diocese of Lincoln noted that only the Vatican, not the Conference of Bishops, has the authority to create binding laws.

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