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PETITION FOR ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN
OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH
The petition below will be distributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their meeting in Baltimore, MD on November 13-16, 2006 as well as separately to each bishop of a diocese.
We ask that you join with us in this demand for a Church that is truly accountable to its members.
|Voice of the Faithful has launched a nationwide Campaign for Accountability, calling our Church to be accountable and transparent in all areas of finance and administration and calling Catholics to hold our Church and its leadership accountable for the protection of children and the validation of survivors of clergy sexual abuse. |
We, the undersigned, urgently request that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) join us in this effort to build a more accountable Church by doing the following:
Fully fund and complete the USCCB study (“Causes & Context”), to determine the underlying structural and cultural causes of the clergy sexual abuse scandal—and act on the recommendations in a timely manner.
Create a national database of credibly accused priests to help protect countless children from further abuse and to validate the claims of those who have been abused.
Achieve financial accountability by ensuring that finance councils in each diocese and every parish are genuine and effective; and require the regular release of all financial documents necessary to ensure financial transparency.
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