Lincoln, Neb., Nov 5, 2021 / 15:34 pm
A report detailing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Nebraska has found credible allegations against 57 Church officials, involving 258 documented victims, since the 1930s.
“We acknowledge with sadness that so many innocent minors and young adults were harmed by Catholic clergy and other representatives of the Church,” Nebraska’s bishops wrote in a Nov. 4 joint statement. “It is clear that the hurt is still felt, even if the abuse was perpetrated many years ago.”
“We apologize to the victims and their families for the pain, betrayal and suffering that never should have been experienced in the Church.”
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson released the report Nov. 4, after a three-year investigation that began with an invitation for victims of abuse to call one of two available hotlines. The initial investigation was not limited to clergy of a particular community, but the attorney general turned his focus to the Catholic Church after all but one of the more than 120 calls received involved Catholic clergy.