March 31, 2006

Des Moines Diocese says it got favorable abuse audit

Radio Iowa

by Stella Shaffer

The Des Moines Catholic Diocese gets a favorable review from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in its third annual audit.

Ann Marie Cox, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says the diocese is found to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. She says it's confirmation that the Bishop and diocese are doing all they can to follow the guidelines for protecting children, protecting them, and trying to prevent sexual abuse by clergy. She says a sign of that may be the fact that 2005 brought just one complaint of a child abused by a clergy member, and it was an incident that happened more than two decades ago.

It's been a "monumental effort" on the part of the diocese, she says, and across the country. The Des Moines diocese has adopted a program that helps teach coaches, teachers, parents and others learn what their role is in protecting children. The goal is to shield children from all the burden of resisting abuse, and teaching others to make sure there aren't opportunities to prey on children.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 08:09 AM