The Catholic Diocese of Winona has been found compliant with the data collection requirements for the 2015-16 audit period of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."
The Diocese newspaper, the "Courier," reports the document is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U-S Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002. It's used for addressing allegations of sexual abuse on minors within the church.
For a diocese to remain complaint all of its employees, including priests, teachers, church and school employees and volunteers must submit to background checks every five years.
The newspaper says in the five years since the Diocese of Winona began using the Virtus program, more than 1,300 training sessions have taken place with over 12,300 people in the diocese taking part
The program teachers employees to recognize warning signs of sexual abuse and respond appropriately to suspicious behavior.....