Catholic Activists Demand Release of National Audit
Audit Checks Compliance With Child Protection Policies [New Hampshire]
September 15, 2004

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Catholic activists are calling for the Manchester Diocese to release a 2003 audit of the church's compliance with child protection policies.

New Hampshire Catholics for Moral Leadership said the Manchester Diocese has refused to publicize the results of the national audit commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The results were sent to Manchester 10 days ago.

The audit reports that 90 percent of the nation's Catholic churches -- including Manchester -- were in full compliance with sexual abuse prevention policies set down by the Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A spokeswoman for the church said the bishop will release the results after consulting with the diocesan review board.

In a separate case, the attorney general and the Manchester Diocese go to court this month to settle a dispute over another audit. That audit was ordered two years ago as part of the church abuse settlement. It hasn't begun yet because of arguments over oversight and who should pay for it.


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