July 31, 2005

Bishops’ charter calls for ‘zero tolerance’

Reno Gazette-Journal

Posted: 7/30/2005 10:15 pm

In response to allegations of sexual abuse by priests, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 created the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The Dallas charter established guidelines and commitments for accountability, healing and helping to prevent additional abuse, according to the organization’s statement. Bishops revised the charter during their annual meeting last month in Chicago.
“The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests, and bishops, and the ways in which these crimes and sins were addressed, have caused enormous pain, anger and confusion,” said Monsignor William Fay, general secretary for the USCCB.
“As bishops, we have acknowledged our mistakes and our roles in that suffering and we

Posted by kshaw at July 31, 2005 08:49 AM