March 09, 2006

The Canadian approach

The Hamilton Spectator

Catholic News Service (Mar 9, 2006)

A Canadian bishops' task force has recommended banning priests and pastoral staffers convicted of sexual abuse from any public church ministry for the rest of their lives.

The long-anticipated report on how Canada's bishops are dealing with clergy sexual abuse called on all bishops to publicly and individually commit themselves to a strict method of dealing with the problem.

It also called for public reporting on how the church is doing in its battle to eradicate abuse.

The bishops have been asked to forward their comments on the report to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops headquarters in Ottawa.

Posted by kshaw at March 9, 2006 07:41 AM