March 31, 2006

A summary of the state's complaints

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

March 31. 2006 8:00AM

The state attorney general's office says the Diocese of Manchester must fix problems in its program for preventing sexual abuse by church personnel. In a letter to Bishop John McCormack, Attorney General Kelly Ayotte cites deficiencies that "undermine some of the core principles of the agreement":

Lack of oversight. The state says the diocese has been ineffective in enforcing compliance with the agreement and its own policies. "This ineffectiveness has resulted in repeated missed deadlines . . . incomplete training, incomplete written acknowledgements, lack of background checks and unfilled positions," Ayotte wrote.

Inconsistent compliance.Ayotte cited one parish in which "only 16 percent of employees of volunteers who worked with children had a sex offender registry check completed."

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 07:46 AM