U.S. Bishops Respond to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has issued the following statement concerning the recently released and highly disturbing report of the Pennsylvania grand jury concerning cases of abuse of minors in six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses.

In 2002, the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It commits the bishops to respond promptly and compassionately to victims, report the abuse of minors, remove offenders and take ongoing action to prevent abuse. Each of the four Missouri dioceses have established offices for the protection of children and have staff members available to assist those in need of services.

To make a report of current or past sexual abuse in your Missouri diocese, please contact:

Archdiocese of St. Louis
Sandra Price
Executive Director
Office of Child and Youth Protection

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Jenifer Valenti
Independent Ombudsman

Diocese of Jefferson City
Nancy Hoey
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Office of Child and Youth Protection

Diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau
Bill Holtmeyer, Jr., Director
Judy St. John, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Office of Child and Youth Protection
417-860-3858 (Holtmeyer)
573-587-3139 (St. John)