Safe Environment Training Program

Coming Soon: Spanish Translation   Welcome and thank you for working and/or volunteering with an organization in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville. Effective July 1, 2020, the Diocese of Knoxville has implemented the CMG Connect platform to administer the Safe Environment Program, which replaces the former Safe Environment Program (VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children). CMG connect is a new web-based …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on lawsuit

Jim Wogan Safe Environment

As an act of pastoral outreach and without admitting wrongdoing, the Diocese of Knoxville has agreed to a request by Mr. Michael Boyd for a financial settlement of the lawsuit he filed against the diocese in July 2019. The diocese has throughout denied the validity of the claim. However, the diocese also recognizes that further pursuing this matter through the …

Diocesan list of priests credibly accused of abuse of a minor

The following three names and the accusations associated with them have been published in previous statements by the Diocese of Knoxville or in media reports that have received extensive coverage.  Casey, William Claude Born Jan. 4, 1934; ordained May 2, 1969; incardinated in the Diocese of Knoxville Sept. 8, 1988; removed from ministry April 14, 2010; dismissed from the priesthood …

Bishop Stika statement on USCCB actions on clergy abuse

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis, Safe Environment

The actions of U.S. bishops at our General Assembly this week demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the high standards we initially enacted almost 20 years ago to address the issue of clergy abuse. We have given clarity to the codes of conduct and accountability, set forth in 2002, that they now apply to all clergy, including bishops. I am …

Creating a Safe Environment and Reporting Sexual Abuse

Procedure for reporting sexual abuse/Procedimiento para reportar casos de abuso sexual : Involving a bishop: Anyone who has actual knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect an incident of sexual harassment, abuse, or misconduct by a bishop should report their allegation to ReportBishopAbuse.org or call (800) 276-1562. This reporting service is operated by Convercent, Inc., an independent, third-party entity that …