April 08, 2006

Third report on sex abuse charter released

Pittsburgh Catholic

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Nearly 89 percent (or 169) of the 191 Catholic dioceses or eparchies (dioceses of the Eastern Catholic Church) that were audited during 2005, including the Diocese of Pittsburgh, were found to be in full compliance with the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”

This is the conclusion of the third annual “Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” issued by the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The report is based on an independent compliance audit conducted by the Gavin Group Inc. of Winthrop, Mass., headed by William Gavin, a former FBI official.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh was found to be in full compliance when its diocesan policies and practices were audited in August. The auditors gave the diocese an “A+,” and noted that the communications plan and its implementation were particularly well done.

Posted by kshaw at April 8, 2006 08:41 AM