The diocesan review board on sexual abuse remains dedicated to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual abuse by clergy and recommend enhancements directly to the cardinal.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said June 20 that all clergy in the Catholic Church “have made a solemn promise to protect children and young people from all harm.”
Cautioning against complacency in carrying out the requirements of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” the chairman of the National Review Board urged the country’s bishops to “never waver” in their commitment to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.
The 15th annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” shows a decrease in allegations of clergy sex abuse from the two previous years but also indicates the need for continued vigilance since charges were raised by more than 650 adults and 24 minors.