Posted on Mon, Nov. 20, 2006
Recent cases show some dioceses still failing to report abuse
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.
Having a problem accessing a file or finding what you are looking for? Email us
for a listing of alternate locations.
of an article of interest
Publishing a story about TFYQA? - See our for the News Media
Want to share your news! Use Submit TFYQA News
.Pedophilia and sexual abuse of children in Australia