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The following is a list of reports and studies that have been commissioned or written by the National Review Board, the Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, or the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
Special Report of the National Review Board to the Body of Bishops on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church
On Tuesday, November 13, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' independent lay advisory panel on the protection of children and young people delivered a special report to the body of U.S. bishops regarding the abuse crisis in the Church. In an address to the bishops who have gathered in Baltimore for the annual fall general assembly, National Review Board Chairman Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D., outlined key reforms and urged action. The report calls for broadening the scope of the Charter on the Protection of Children and Young People to include bishops; the publication of complete lists of credibly accused clergy in all dioceses; improving the audit process; and enhancing accountability for bishops regarding cases of abuse.
In the five years since U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at their June 2002 meeting in Dallas, dioceses have made significant strides to instill practices that will ensure the safety of children in the church. The following articles take a look at a variety of related issues, from strategies in place to prevent and identify child sexual abuse to the growth of transparency in the church. Media are welcome to download these articles and photos for one-time editorial use when covering the work of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
Church Still Challenged to Deal With Clerical Abuse of Minors by Beth Griffin
Child Sexual Abuse in United States: Problems, Progress by Kate Blain
Professional Counseling, Reformed Attitudes Work to Heal Hurts by Robert Delaney
Priest and Parishioner: Walking Side by Side by Jane Harriman
Healthy Child Protection Programs Age-appropriate, On-Going by Peter Feuerherd
Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse by John Gehring
Seminary Screening Early Step for Healthy Priesthood by Emilie Lemmons
Growth in Transparency Marks Church by Joe Towalski
Learning From Clergy Abuse of Minors Scandal Can Help Others by Joseph Young
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