February 28, 2006

Gaps alleged in church plan to prevent sexual abuse

Boston Globe

By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | February 28, 2006

Four years after the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has yet to put in place some key parts of its plan to detect and prevent abuse of children by church personnel, according to a top aide to state Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly.

The archdiocese, like most dioceses around the country, has yet to come up with a method for overseeing or tracking the whereabouts of allegedly abusive priests, and has not completed sexual-abuse prevention programs for all children, according to a letter from Alice E. Moore, chief of the Public Protection Bureau at the attorney general's office.

Moore also charged that church officials have declined to provide even their own advisers with basic statistical information that would show how many priests have been accused of abuse and how those allegations have been handled.

''As we reviewed the draft report, it became clear that there are still several major gaps in implementation and oversight of the new policies and procedures that have us questioning the archdiocese's commitment and whether it learned any lessons at all from the tragedy that led us to issue our report in 2003," Moore wrote in the letter, received by the archdiocese yesterday.

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