- Aug 3, 2020
While a Sept. 12 statement from the Vatican said a Feb. gathering of bishop’s theme would be the “protection of minors,” a Vatican spokesperson clarified that the meeting would discuss “prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl has laid out his vision for lay participation in new oversight structures as part of the ongoing response to recent scandals in the Church in the United States.
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 chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People said a two-year project to revise the charter that guides the U.S. Church in protecting minors from sexual abuse is nearly ready to be presented to the full body of bishops.
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.
After the sex abuse crisis began, protocols were put into place and now all U.S. dioceses and eparchies undergo independent audits of their current sexual abuse policies and practices and give detailed reports on complaints against their clergy since 1950.