Three New Members Appointed to National Review Board

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has just named three new members to serve four-year terms on the National Review Board, the lay consultative body which advises the bishops regarding potential abuse by clergy.

According to a release this morning from the USCCB:

May 1, 2014


WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. Schmid of Granger, Indiana, and Marriage and Family Therapist Nelle Moriarty of Rochester, Minnesota to four-year terms on the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board. Their terms begin in June.


Archbishop Kurtz in the appointment letters said that “The National Review Board plays a vital role as a consultative body assisting the bishops in ensuring the accountability of our procedures in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” With a quote from the Charter, he added that “The whole Church, especially the laity, at both the diocesan and national levels, needs to be engaged in maintaining safe environments in the Church for children and young people.”

Judge Huffman has served as a judge on the Montgomery County, Ohio Common Pleas Bench since 2002, and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Dayton School of Law, her alma mater. She currently is president of the Dayton Bar Association.

Mr. Schmid has been Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana since 1994. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Notre Dame, where he was an adjunct professor of law, 2001-2008.

Nelle Moriarty has been a marriage and family therapist at Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development in Rochester, Minnesota since 1997, and a school counselor in Rochester Catholic Schools since 1992. She has been a trainer for the VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” program since 2011, and chairs the diocesan review board of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota. She holds a master of science in counseling psychology from Mankato State University and has a Specialist Certificate in Human Sexuality from the University of Minnesota.

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  • AugustineThomas

    Just what we need: scumbag American judges and other government agents affecting the Church.
    (As long as they’re heretics, the bishops will be happy!)

    • IRVCath

      How do you know they’re heretics? And what’s wrong with being a civil servant? St. Thomas More was one.

  • terryhjones

    i guess there’s a need for some one with a “certificate in human sexuality”, but why not select a retired cop or some one similar who knows about protecting children at a ground level, and who probably has some pretty clear ideas on how to deal with some one who hurts a kid. be a nice change from all these high-level thinkers.