Training Brings Inland Diocese into Compliance

By Michael Fisher
The Press-Enterprise [San Bernardino CA]
December 12, 2006

During the past two years, the Diocese of San Bernardino trained more than 105,000 adults and children on preventing sexual abuse of children, bringing the Inland diocese into full compliance with child-protection reforms mandated by the nation's Catholic bishops, independent auditors have concluded.

The audit findings were released this week by diocesan officials. As part of its programs, the diocese provided 8,000 children at its Catholic schools and another 85,000 children who attend parishes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with age-appropriate training about sexual abuse, personal safety and recognizing perpetrators, said Sister Cathy White, the diocese's coordinator of charter initiatives.

The audit was part of an annual report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to determine whether the nation's 187 dioceses and eparchies -- Eastern-rite dioceses -- are meeting the goals outlined in a sweeping charter approved by the bishops in June 2002 as they sought to cope with the clergy sexual-abuse scandal gripping the church.


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