Missouri Bishops Call for Further Action Addressing Abuse Crisis

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In light of the call by Pope Francis to delay action on a vote to address the abuse crisis, the Missouri Province of Bishops this week made public a letter and statement they sent in early October to Bishop Doherty of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana who serves as Chair of the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. 

The letter and statement express the Missouri bishops' desire for action to be taken by the Bishops Conference to address the abuse crisis and affirm proposals to: establish a third-party hotline for complaints of sexual abuse by a bishop; development of policies to impose restrictions on bishops removed from ministry for sexual abuse or misconduct; and, a full investigation into the Archbishop McCarrick scandal. The documents also call for strengthening of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, first established in 2002, by making the document applicable to bishops, and for a renewed commitment to utilizing the expertise of laity in helping to solve the crisis.

November 16, 2018 - 3:48pm

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