February 19, 2005

Diocese passes sex abuse audit

St. Cloud Times

By Dawn Peake

The Diocese of St. Cloud's response in 2004 to clergy sexual abuse met the church's national standards for the second consecutive year, according to a report released Friday.

In the first audit, released last year, the Office of Child and Youth Protection highlighted the St. Cloud Diocese as one of eight models for dealing with sexual abuse.

The annual audit measures how well each U.S. diocese meets the expectations of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the charter in 2002 to create a set of procedures for dealing with clergy sexual abuse. The charter offers guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention.

St. Cloud Bishop John Kinney said St. Cloud's two-page audit shows the diocese's continuing commitment to creating a safe and caring climate in the church.

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