The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops mandated review boards for all dioceses/eparchies with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002.
Dioceses are to have a review board that functions as a confidential consultative body to the bishop/eparch. The majority of its members are to be lay persons not in the employ of the diocese (see Norm 5 in Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons, 2006). This board is to advise the diocesan bishop in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and in his determination of a cleric’s suitability for ministry. It is regularly to review diocesan policies and procedures for dealing with sexual abuse of minors. Also, the board can review these matters both retrospectively and prospectively and give advice on all aspects of responses in connection with these cases.
The Diocese of Rochester has had a Review Board in place since 1993.
Individual members have expertise in law enforcement, the provision of mental health services, and legal advocacy.
The Members of the Review Board are Douglas Nordquist (Ogden Chief of Police, Retired); James Vanbrederode (Gates Chief of Police); Dr. John McIntyre (Clinical Professor, URMC Department of Psychiatry) ; Robert Napier, Esq. ; Teresa Pare, Esq.; Margaret Joynt, Esq.; Jeff Munson LCSW-R (adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse); V. Reverend Kevin McKenna, JCD; and Reverend Daniel J. Condon, JCL.
The Review Board is assisted by Philip Spellane, Esq., and Ms. Deborah Housel, Victim Assistance Coordinator.