News Release

Diocese Creates New Cabinet-Level Position to Enhance Abuse Prevention and Child Protection
January 10, 2019

As part of its continuing response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese of Allentown has created a new cabinet-level leadership position to further strengthen its programs to prevent abuse and keep children safe. Pamela Russo, an experienced executive and licensed social worker, has been named Diocesan Secretary for Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services. She will be responsible for overseeing and improving all aspects of abuse prevention and child safety.

Diocese offering parish programs to encourage healing
December 18, 2018

As part of its response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the Diocese of Allentown will invite Catholics from throughout the Diocese to attend discussions, moderated by fellow parishioners, designed to encourage reflection and healing.

Diocese names administrators, oversight board chair, sets timetable for victim compensation program
December 12, 2018

The Diocese of Allentown has retained nationally known administrators for its victim compensation program, has named a respected retired federal judge as chair of the oversight board, and has set an expected timetable for payments to begin.

Bishop Schlert Makes Personal Pledge of Accountability
November 28, 2018

Bishop Alfred Schlert expressed strong support for new accountability standards for all Bishops following the recent bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. He remains personally committed to preventing abuse, to keeping children safe, and to dealing swiftly and effectively with allegations of misconduct. On prayerful reflection, he has put that commitment into writing as a Pledge to Victims and Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse.

Diocese will establish independent compensation and reconciliation program for abuse victims, survivors
November 08, 2018

Fulfilling the commitment made by Bishop Alfred Schlert and his brother Pennsylvania Bishops in mid-September, the Diocese of Allentown will establish a compensation and reconciliation program to assist victims and survivors of past clergy sexual abuse.

Diocesan churches to take up special collection for hurricane relief
October 22, 2018

Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert has authorized a special collection to be taken up in all 84 parishes of the Diocese the weekend of October 27-28

Statement on Federal Subpoena
October 18, 2018

The following is the Diocese of Allentown’s statement on its receipt of a federal subpoena: “The Diocese of Allentown is responding to an information request contained in a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania....

For 16th straight year auditors find diocese in compliance with child protection charter
October 09, 2018

For the 16th time since the inception of the national diocesan audits sixteen years ago, the Diocese of Allentown has been found "in compliance" with the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

Monsignor Sacks cleared by investigation, is returning to ministry
October 04, 2018

Monsignor Edward Sacks has been cleared by an independent investigation and has returned to his his role at pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Bethlehem Township

Diocese of Allentown Rebuts Statements by Attorney General
September 25, 2018

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro criticized Bishop Alfred Schlert’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis in a Sept. 25 visit to the newsroom of the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown.