March 31, 2006

Leader of Catholic watchdog says dioceses need broader oversight


WASHINGTON The head of a lay watchdog panel created by Roman Catholic bishops says a key reform adopted to protect children from clergy sex abuse is insufficient.

Patricia Ewers of theAbuse Tracker Review Board made her comments yesterday as the U-S Conference of Catholic Bishops released results of its audit of child protection policies.

Ewers says the audit's shortcomings are especially clear in its review of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The archdiocese was found to be in full compliance, but it had failed to remove an accused priest from church work for four months last year until he was criminally charged.

Posted by kshaw at March 31, 2006 08:25 AM