The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln are urging residents to report any allegations of abuse by clergy or others in authority.
Lincoln Bishop James Conley and the attorney general’s office say anyone who has experienced even an uncomfortable incident with a priest should report it to law enforcement or the diocese.
The Lincoln Diocese recently announced investigations into abuse allegations involving five priests. All accused priests no longer work for the diocese.
The move follows a Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday accusing 300 priests of molesting more than 1,000 children.
Conley published a column Friday asking for forgiveness for not more aggressively and transparently pursuing the allegations.
The attorney general’s office suggests reporting allegations to its agency, the Nebraska Child Abuse Hotline or the Nebraska Crime Stoppers Tip Line.