2 Northeast Ohio Churches Not Carrying out New Policy
Bishops Adopted Reforms in June 2002

NewsNet 5 [Ohio]
January 6, 2004

WASHINGTON -- An audit ordered by a Roman Catholic Church agency finds most bishops are carrying out a new mandatory policy on child sex abuse prevention.

Two of the 20 dioceses which auditors say are out of compliance are in northeast Ohio.

They are the Diocese of Steubenville and the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Saint Josephat in Parma.

Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon says the church is working to improve the areas cited in the audit, including the need for background checks of adults who work with children.

The bishops adopted the reforms in June 2002, at the height of a scandal, which began two years ago this week with revelations about a single predatory priest in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The crisis spread to dioceses across the country and involve thousands of claims.

Victim advocates say bishops had too much control over the audit, so it should be viewed skeptically.


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