March 31, 2006

Diocese lags in blocking abuse

The Detroit News

Gregg Krupa / The Detroit News

The Archdiocese of Detroit is one of only 13 Catholic dioceses in the nation out of compliance with a new rule to train and educate children, youths, parents, priests, ministers and educators in the prevention of sexual abuse of children.

An audit by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops released Thursday determined that 88.5 percent of 191 dioceses or eparchies -- the Eastern Orthodox equivalent of a diocese -- are in compliance with the training mandate, adopted by the bishops in 2002.

Ned McGrath, director of the Department of Communication for the Archdiocese, said a factor in the lack of compliance is the archdiocese thought it had three years from when it developed a program to complete all training. In fact, it was required to complete training by Dec. 31, 2005.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 07:17 AM