November 1, 2018 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Diocese of Wilmington confirms that on September 10, 2018, a subpoena was received from the Delaware Attorney General asking for any records related to sexual abuse of minors dating back to 1955. We welcome this investigation and are fully cooperating.
The files requested by the Attorney General include the files of abusive priests that were made public six years ago in accordance with the non-monetary provisions of the diocesan bankruptcy settlement. These files are available through various online sources. Twelve years ago, the names of all known abusive priests were also made public. In April 2002, diocesan officials met with the Delaware Attorney General and disclosed all reports of abuse the diocese had received up to that time, and cooperated fully in the ensuing investigation undertaken by the Department of Justice. The Diocese of Wilmington has not had a credible reported instance of the sexual abuse of a child by anyone in diocesan or parish ministry in over 25 years.
We are confident that with our safe environment and reporting policies and our continued vigilance, we will continue to ensure that our parishes and schools are safe and sacred spaces. We encourage anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy or anyone else, to immediately notify local law enforcement authorities.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
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Media Contact: Bob Krebs