Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Sunday, March 6, 2005
The Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for 2004 is available in pdf format at www.usccb.org/ocyp.
This copyrighted report of the USCCB contains information of interest
and value to canonists. Among the many items of information:
- The auditors discovered that 339 cases had been referred
to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the 2004 audit
period. 43 priests have been permanently dismissed from the clerical
state and 66 priests and two deacons were directed to lead a life of
prayer and penance.
- Background evaluations for clergy
were required for the 34,874 diocesan preists and 13,559 deacons. 92%
of the priests (32,073) and 104% of the deacons (14,158) have received
background evaluations since the Charter was adopted.
priests who committed, or have been suspected of, an act of sexual
abuse of a minor moved their residence from one diocese to another
during the audit period. None are ministering in the new diocese, and
notification from the diocese of origin to the diocese of the new
residence took place.
- Information on the compliance of
96.3% of individual dioceses in the United States as of December 31,
2004 is available on the website.
- During the time of
the audit, 194 new credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor
committed by a religious order priest or deacon were report against 134
offenders. The majority of these allegations occurred between 1965 and
1969. Of the 194 allegations, 17 were determined to be false.