On July 5, 2016 the Diocese of Savannah announced that it had reached a $4.5 million settlement through mediation in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a minor by Wayland Brown, a former priest of the Diocese, that was filed in Jasper County, South Carolina.
Recently, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. answered questions for the Southern Cross about the lawsuit and settlement.
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During this Year of Mercy all are called to open their hearts and minds to serving their neighbors, the needy and the marginalized in society. One group that is often forgotten is the inmates in prisons.
The 2015 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was released on May 20, 2016. The data collection covered the time between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015. For the Diocese of Savannah the following data was reported found:
-11,548 children and 8,797 adults were trained to identify the warning signs of abuse and how to report them.