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Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Sunday, March 06, 2005  
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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.
  • Seventeen 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.

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