May 2, 2014
From Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport: “I am deeply saddened by the news we heard today of the abuse in Hinsdale, Illinois by James Janssen in the 1950’s that was found credible by the Diocese of Joliet. I was unaware of the recent report made to the Archdiocese of Chicago by a person who was abused by Janssen over 50 years ago. James Janssen was laicized (defrocked) by the Vatican in 2004 and no longer functions as a priest.
I continue to pray and urge everyone to pray that the healing process for the survivors of abuse will continue.”
“The Diocese will continue to promote safe environments for children by mandating ongoing training in recognizing and eliminating threats to children, complying with the Charter and Norms of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and mandating background checks for all clergy and for employees and volunteers who work with children. Alicia Owens, the victim assistance coordinator for the Diocese, will continue to provide assistance to survivors of abuse.”
To report child sexual abuse
contact the Iowa Department of Human Services, Child Abuse Hotline: 800-362-2178. If the abuse involves clergy or church personnel, also notify Alicia Owens, Victim Assistance Coordinator: 563-349-5002, PO Box 232 Bettendorf, IA 52722-0004.