SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Stonebridge Business Partners, an auditing firm based in New York, has been hired to audit the 195 dioceses in the nation for compliance with policies to prevent sexual abuse of children by clergy and other church staff.
They say the Scranton Diocese is in full compliance.
The diocese says they’ve passed independent audits of this sort every year since the policies were adopted in 2002.
The audit ensures that proper training is given, abuse is able to be recognized and reported and that accountability is a part of the process as well.
“This independent verification highlights the ongoing commitment that the Diocese of Scranton, along with its parishes and schools, has in protecting children. Our long record of compliance emphasizes that reliable reporting mechanisms are in place to ensure our zero-tolerance for any misconduct by a bishop, priest, deacon, lay employee or volunteer.”Bishop Joseph C. Bambera