A woman has filed a claim that she was sexually abused 40 years ago by now Bishop Skylstad had of the USSCB. Whether the claim in credible or not is impossible to determine and I will not speak to it, but the response to how this should be handled in light of the bishop’s policy is definitely gray area.
It is unclear under the reforms American bishops adopted in 2002 for responding to abuse claims whether Skylstad should temporarily step down while his case is being investigated.
The policy requires Catholic officials to determine whether there is "sufficient evidence" supporting the allegations against a cleric before they take him out of public ministry while a full review is conducted under Vatican oversight.
In its statement, the diocese said protocols for dealing with sex abuse allegations were being followed, and that Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in Washington, D.C., had been notified of the claim.