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Most Dioceses Comply With Abuse Policy, Survey Finds

September 21, 2002|Religion News Service

The vast majority of the nation's Catholic dioceses are complying with new rules on sexual abuse cases adopted by bishops in June, according to a survey released Friday by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The rules are being reviewed by the Vatican.

Of the 195 archdioceses and dioceses surveyed, 95% responded. Of those:

* 179 said they have a written policy on sexual abuse available to the public. Of the six replying in the negative, five said they are preparing a written policy. One did not answer the question.

* 156 dioceses and archdioceses reported having procedures for making a complaint readily available, in printed form, and the subject of a public announcement. Of the 29 replying in the negative, 13 said they plan to comply by October, the rest by the end of the year.

* 105 dioceses or archdioceses said they report past or old cases to civil authorities. Forty-eight said they did not and 33 gave incomplete responses.

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