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      Diocese of Toledo issues statement

      Members of SNAP stood outside the diocese's headquarters demanding the church do more to protect children from priests who have a history of abusing children.

      The Office of Communications of the Diocese of Toledo issued the following statement in response to a letter delivered to Bishop Leonard Blair by an organization representing survivors of sex abuse by Catholic priests.

      The letter states: "In its ongoing efforts to protect children, the Diocese of Toledo continues to encourage anyone who has an allegation, or knowledge of suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, to immediately contact local civil authorities, and the Toledo Diocesan Case Manager, Mr. Frank DiLallo to report any allegations or knowledge of such abuse. Mr. DiLallo can be reached at 419-243-2150 or 1-800-926-8277, ext 632(outside Toledo, within Ohio). The Diocese of Toledo remains in full compliance of the law, the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and our own diocesan policy on sexual abuse of minors. The diocese continues to pray for all victims of abuse of any kind."