The Burlington Roman Catholic Diocese is one of several in New England to announce it was joining an independent system for reporting misconduct or abuse by church leaders.
The system, started this year in Boston, was also joined by the Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire, the Diocese of Portland in Maine, as well as several in Massachusetts.
Hosted on the EthicsPoint website, the system is confidential and allows alleged victims to file abuse claims anonymously either by phone or email. All claims will be reported to law enforcement and apostolic nuncio as necessary. Alleged victims get a case number and can track their claims.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, said there was a “glaring flaw” in the system in that allegations are not made public.
“The bishops of the Boston Province felt that this was something that could be done now without having to wait for the national rollout,” Bishop Christopher Coyne, said in an emailed statement. “I wholeheartedly agreed with this as I did not see a good reason to delay this any longer. I do not see this as replacing the national reporting system but as complementary.”
In Burlington, a volunteer lay committee was formed to come up with a list of credibly accused priests. LOCAL 22 & LOCAL 44 confirmed in late July, that report would be released this month.
The Manchester Diocese posted on its website the names of 73 priests dating back to 1950.