Bishop Bruskewitz has refused to allow that National Review Board to audit the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Laughably members of the Board have asked that "strong fraternal correction" be directed toward the Bishop. Personally, I'd like to see another bishop, perhaps one who is declaring bankruptcy, selling Church properties, holding press conferences to explain why molesters aren't being arrested or at LEAST removed from ministy "fraternally correct" Bishop Bruskewitz.
It would be funny if it wasn't so painful.
The Bishop on why he has taken this position:
“It is well known that some of the members of Ewers’ Board are ardent advocates of partial birth abortion, other abortions, human cloning and other moral errors. It is understandable then how such persons could dislike the Diocese of Lincoln, which upholds the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.”
What the Bishop is doing:
“The Diocese of Lincoln has in place a very strong program of instruction and training for all priests, religious and lay people in the diocese who are in any way, directly or indirectly, connected with children and youth. There are very careful and thorough background checks done for all people who are employed by the diocese, or by institutions, parishes or agencies which have any connection whatever with the diocese. All people, including all children and youth, are regularly instructed to report any incidents of abuse immediately to law enforcement authorities.”
In addition, any credible allegations of abuse will be presented to the diocese’s own lay review board “and then appropriately acted upon in accordance with the canon law of the Catholic Church,” he said.
Not for Lincoln but other dioceses may need it:
“My personal experience with the Charter and the audit process has led me to conclude that it is fundamentally a costly and expensive undertaking that brings forward little result, at least as far as the Diocese of Lincoln is concerned,” Bruskewitz said. “It may be that the Charter and the audit process are useful or even necessary for other places, but neither have much relevance to the Diocese of Lincoln.”
Bishop Bruskewitz has a simple formula for success. He upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church. He encourages vocations of straight, celibate men. He does not permit or encourage disobedience to the Church on moral issues. So the good Bishop does not need a diocesan wide sex education program (which I think is what is motivating his opting out of the audit), nor does he need liberal dissenters poking through his files precisely because Bishop Bruskewitz has nothing and no one to hide.