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  Home :: 2006 November :: Recent cases show some dioceses still failing to report abuse
Posted on Mon, Nov. 20, 2006

Recent cases show some dioceses still failing to report abuse

Associated Press

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adoptedby the bishops in 2002 directs clergy to comply with civil laws onreporting abuse.

No church official has been criminally prosecuted for failing toproperly report child sexual abuse. And recent incidents show somedioceses are maintaining the status quo rather than bringing accusedpriests to justice.

Last year, the Archdiocese of Chicago hired independentinvestigators to learn why it failed to follow its own child protectionplan and allowed the Rev. Daniel McCormack to stay in the ministry forseveral months after he was accused of abuse. The March audit found awidespread breakdown in communication that put young people at risk.

And in Arizona, a priest indicted in 2003 on 13 counts of childmolestation while working in a Phoenix parish escaped prosecution byseeking shelter in the Rome headquarters of his religious order, theSalvatorians. An Italian court last month ordered that he beextradited, but he fled days after the ruling.

More than 12,000 U.S. Catholic priests have been accused of abusesince 1950, according to reports commissioned by the U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops.

Nationally, the clergy sex abuse scandal has cost American dioceses at least $1.5 billion since 1950.


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