Tulsa's Catholic diocese in compliance with the church's sex abuse policy

Tuesday, January 6th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

An audit of the Catholic Church's sex abuse policy was released Tuesday morning. That audit finds 90% of the 195 US dioceses are fully complying with the plan, which dictates how to punish offending priests and how to protect children.

In that report, the auditors said Tulsa's Catholic diocese complies with church policy. News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says a couple of years ago, as the reports of child abuse really came to the surface in other parts of the country, the Tulsa Catholic diocese set up a review panel to look into allegations here.

The head of that review, John Gaberino, says he's confident that not only has every case been thoroughly investigated - but also that the church responded appropriately to the complaints of child abuse.

The panel reviewed old cases - and has looked into several new cases since the panel formed. In each of those new cases, Mr. Gaberino says they have found no credible evidence to support the allegations.

To see a copy of the report, in particular, information at the Tulsa diocese, CLICK HERE.