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Published May 18, 2013, 01:21 PM

Diocese of new Fargo bishop snubbed abuse audit

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A report by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops shows that the former diocese of the incoming Fargo bishop refused to take part in the group's annual sexual abuse audit in 2012.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A report by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops shows that the former diocese of the incoming Fargo bishop refused to take part in the group's annual sexual abuse audit in 2012.

The Lincoln, Neb., district was the only diocese to reject the audit, which began in 2004 over allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Monsignor John Folda, the bishop-elect for the Fargo diocese, has been a priest in Lincoln for two decades.

A spokeswoman for the Fargo diocese tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/13CBXsU) that Folda is not commenting on specific issues until he becomes bishop.

The Rev. Luke Meyer, chancellor of the Fargo diocese, says he believes the eastern North Dakota district will continue to comply with the abuse audit.

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