February 08, 2006

Archdiocese plans policy revision


By Alan Krashesky
February 8, 2006 - The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is indicating how it will be changing its procedures in dealing with priests accused of sexual abuse. The church is under pressure regarding priests who were accused, but allowed to remain in public ministry. There is debate over what the Catholic bishops truly agreed to do when they tackled this issue nearly four years ago.

Again Wednesday, advocates for sexual abuse victims are trying to make their case, practically on the doorstep of the cardinal's office.
"We're here today to ask Cardinal George to be leader, follow promises of Dallas, of openness and transparency," said Barbara Dorris, Survivors Network.

All of this goes back to Dallas and what the American bishops agreed to there in their landmark meeting in 2002. They came with the "essential norms" or the process for handling cases where priests are accused of sexual abuse.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 06:41 PM