Most dioceses comply with sex abuse rules

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Exactly two years after the sexual abuse scandal erupted in the Catholic Church, 82 percent of local dioceses have implemented reforms intended to protect children from predatory priests, U.S. church leaders said this month.

A $1.8 million audit of 191 U.S. dioceses found that 157 had “fully complied” with new abuse policies, while 34 dioceses have outstanding obligations under reforms adopted by American bishops 18 months ago.

The six-month audit by investigators from the Boston-based Gavin Group is the first national measure of the church’s attempts to deal with the scandal that has overshadowed the church since January 2002.

“I believe that these findings show that we bishops are keeping our word,” said Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Illinois, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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