Diocesan Review Board

Review Board

The Diocesan Review Board is a confidential consultative body to the Bishop composed of eight members appointed to a five-year term by the Bishop. The roles of those eight members are outlined below. The majority of the Review Board’s members are non-employee laypersons as outlined by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

  • A mental health professional with expertise in the treatment of the sexual abuse of minors
  • A physician
  • A victim/survivor advocate
  • One who possesses financial expertise
  • A judge or lawyer
  • A sexually abused victim/survivor or a parent of a victim/survivor
  • An experienced and respected pastor within the diocese
  • The Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese of Nashville or the Bishop’s designated appointee

Current members of the Review Board (in alphabetical order):

  • Eileen Beehan (Chair of the Board)
  • Brian Cooper – Employed by the Diocese
  • Bill Farmer
  • John Glennon
  • Donna Harper
  • Gary McDonald
  • Sean Muldoon
  • Rev. Andrew Bulso – Employed by the Diocese

Review Board Functions

The diocesan review board has five main functions:

  • Assess all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by Church Personnel.
  • Review the diocesan safe environment policies and make recommendations to the Bishop
  • Recommendations concerning fitness for ministry in individual cases
  • Recommendations concerning victim/survivor requests for monetary assistance, requests for counseling and other assistance pursuant to the Victim/Survivor Assistance Program.
  • Make recommendations about diocesan methods of reaching out to victim/survivors of sexual abuse