• Annual audit of church abuse allegations shows work still needed

    Annual audit of church abuse allegations shows work still needed

    • Jun 10, 2017

    The newly released report on compliance with the U.S. Bishops’ guidelines on child protection — based on audits conducted between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016 — shows that 1,232 survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy came forward with 1,318 clerical abuse allegations in 132 Catholic dioceses and eparchies. Deacon Bernie Nojadera, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection, said the audits show that even with all of the work being done to fulfill the requirements of the bishops’ charter, developed in 2002, allegations involving current minors have still occurred.