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Clergy Abuse Response

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to keeping children safe.

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Reporting Abuse

If you or someone you know is being abused or you suspect abuse is occurring, contact your local law enforcement department immediately. Any instance of abuse involving a person currently under 18 years of age (minor) should immediately be reported to the civil authorities. Locate the civil authorities in the 10 counties of the archdiocese.

If you or someone you know was abused as a minor by clergy or church personnel, call your local police, sheriff or district attorney’s office to file a criminal report.

Reports can also be made to the Victim Assistance Coordinator who is available to support abuse survivors.  A formal complaint of abuse can be made to the archdiocese by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 414-758-2232.

An alternative way to make a formal report for those not wanting to contact the archdiocese is available to you 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Healing Center website or by calling 414-219-5555.

Register for training

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a partnership with Catholic Mutual Group to provide Safe Environment Education.

View a listing of upcoming sessions.

Download instructions in either English or Spanish (Español).


Our Shepherds Respond

In a recorded message, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki explains his decision to redesign a portion of the archdiocesan website to deal specifically with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s response to clergy sexual abuse. Archbishop Listecki explains that the website is one of many steps the archdiocese will take to progress down the path of healing from and prevention of clergy sexual abuse. View the Video Message

"This website is one of many steps of renewal and action in this Archdiocese. It will take time and each step may not always be perfect.  But each step we take is progress and, if rooted in love, will bear great fruit." — Archbishop Listecki

Read archived messages from: Archbishop Listecki, Bishop Schuerman and Bishop Haines

We offer this prayer for our suffering Church. This film you are about to watch addresses sensitive and difficult issues. If while watching, it stirs strong and painful emotions, there are resources available for further healing. Please visit our Care and Commitment page to learn more. 

Archbishop Listecki's introduction to clergy abuse response.

Prayer for Healing

Our Commitment

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is commited to zero tolerance, transparency and care and commitment. Learn more by clicking the icons below. 

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Care Commitment

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Policies, Procedures and Protocols

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Policies, Procedures and Protocols for Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response.

Code of Ethical Standards for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

This brochure contains standards that will help to delineate boundaries by which ethical questions can be evaluated.

Mandatory Reporting Responsibilities

These PDFs provide detailed information about the mandatory reporting responsibilities. Available in English and Spanish.

Responsibilidades Obligatorias para Reportar un Abuso Sexual

Todo personal asalariado deberá comprometerse a reportar directamente a los oficiales locales encargados de hacer cumplir la ley o a las agencias locales de servicio de protección al niño.

Communication Policy for Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Clergy or Other Church Personnel

This section outlines the communication policy for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in matters dealing with sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal flyers

Parishes are encouraged to post these in prominent locations throughout their facilities. Available in both English and Spanish.

Response to Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors


2022 Report: Actions Taken, Commitments Made, Promises Kept

Keeping children safe, responding to abuse survivors and holding perpetrators accountable are priorities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  We want to do everything we can to assure no one suffers again from clergy sexual abuse of minors and that no past abuse is covered up.  We understand that the failures of some Church leaders have broken trust.  In response, this report is to help Catholics understand what action is being taken to protect minors and respond to those who have been harmed.

2022 Medidas adoptadas, compromisos contraídos, promesas cumplidas

Las prioridades de la Arquidiócesis son mantener a salvo a los niños, responder a los sobrevivientes de abuso y responsabilizar a los perpetradores. Queremos hacer todo lo posible para asegurar que nadie sufra nuevamente de abuso y que no se encubra ningún abuso del pasado. Entendemos que las fallas de algunos líderes de la Iglesia han traicionado la confianza. 

2019 Clergy Abuse Q&A

Since 2002, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has compiled frequently asked questions to provide answers and maintain transparency. Many questions in the 2019 version were asked in listening sessions held throughout the archdiocese, or are frequently asked to those who work for the archdiocese in varying capacities. Please use the comment section on this portion of the website to submit a question that is not answered in this document. 


Archived Responses

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