Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

PROTOCOL FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE

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St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING THE RELEASE OF NAMES 

What was the process used to determine which names would be released?

  • The 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People outlines the norms and policies that must be followed regarding the sexual abuse of a minor.  The Charter not only defines what sexual abuse is, but in so doing, outlines what matters must be brought before the Diocesan Review Board.
  • Int he fall of 2018, a team of 10 diocesan officials reviewed every file of any priest who ever served within the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux since our beginning in June 1977.
  • Any matter of concern regarding an allegation of the sexual abuse of a child was then brought to our Diocesan Review Board.  
  • Bishop Fabre gave the Diocesan Review Board the authority to determine whether the allegations had evidence of credibility and were substantiated.  In so doing, the Diocesan Review Board determined and recommended to Bishop Fabre the list of the names that have been published.

Who is on the Diocesan Review Board?

  • Our Diocesan Review Board is intentionally comprised of leaders with backgrounds in law enforcement, legal, medical, and social services.
  • The Diocesan Review Board is comprised of seven people.  There are six lay leaders with over 200 years of expertise in law enforcement, legal and medical professionals, and social services.There is also one priest.
  • Our Diocesan Review Board is chaired by Judge Morris Lottinger, Jr., retired chief judge of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.  He served on the court from 1975 to 1998.  The court has both civil and criminal jurisdiction in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parishes as well as thirteen other parishes.
  • The names of the remaining six members remain confidential.


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If a minor comes to you saying that he or she is, or has been, a victim of sexual abuse:

  • Call the police immediately
  • Ask them to call our Diocesan Victims' Assistance Coordinator, Sr. Carmelita Centanni, M.S.C., Ph.D. Her number is 985-850-3172


If an adult comes to you saying that they are aware that a minor is currently, or has been, a victim of sexual abuse:

  • Call the police immediately
  • Ask them to call our Diocesan Victims' Assistance Coordinator, Sr. Carmelita Centanni, M.S.C., Ph.D. Her number is 985-850-3172


If an adult comes to you saying that they were a victim of sexual abuse by clergy or any diocesan employee or volunteer:

  • Ask them to call our Diocesan Victims' Assistance Coordinator, Sr. Carmelita Centanni, M.S.C., Ph.D. Her number is 985-850-3172