Diocesan Review Board

The U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and its accompanying Essential Norms, provide for the establishment in every diocese of a diocesan review board.

Among the board’s primary responsibilities are assisting the bishop in assessing allegations of sexual abuse and determining a cleric’s suitability for ministry (Essential Norms, 4).

The review board is to be comprised of at least five Catholics of “outstanding integrity and good judgment;” at least one member should be a pastor (ibid, 5).

The majority of review board members are to be “lay persons who are not in the employ of the diocese” (ibid).

The Diocesan Review Board
Hon. Richard S. Rebeck, Chairman, Superior Court Judge, Retired
Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, J.C.L., V.G., Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia
Catherine Guercio-Hauer, M.D., Family Practice
Hon. Barnett E. Hoffman, Superior Court Judge, Retired
George W. Lutz, M.D., Behavioral Medicine Consultants
Julian Slowinski, Ph.D., Psychologist
Ronald C. Rak, J.D., CEO of Saint Peter's Healthcare System, Inc.
Rev. Msgr. Edward C. Puleo, Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Far Hills
Vincent Sagona