Following today’s guilty plea by Father Kevin Lonergan, the Diocese of Allentown issued the following statement:
“The Diocese offers its heartfelt prayers to the victim, to her family, and to everyone who was hurt as the result of Father Lonergan’s actions.
From the beginning of this case, the Diocese followed its protocols to the letter, and will continue to do so. Bishop Alfred Schlert removed Father Lonergan from ministry and immediately notified law enforcement on the day the allegations were made.
The Diocese considers itself a partner with law enforcement in preventing abuse and keeping children safe, and as such, it thanks District Attorney Martin and all law enforcement officials who have been involved.
As always, the Diocese urges anyone who has information about incidents of abuse to contact the State Child Line at 1-800-932-0313 or to call local law enforcement.”