William E. Lori

U.S. Catholic bishops pass 3 measures affirming their accountability in sex abuse cases at Baltimore meeting

U.S. Catholic bishops pass 3 measures affirming their accountability in sex abuse cases at Baltimore meeting

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops passed three major proposals Thursday to address their own accountability in sex abuse cases.

On the final morning of their three-day spring meeting in Baltimore, the most powerful clerics in the American church voted overwhelmingly to approve a measure that adapts universal protocols Pope Francis issued last month to the church in the United States.

They also approved a proposal that commits them to the terms of the so-called Dallas Charter, a 2002 document that affirmed a zero tolerance policy against child sexual abuse but excluded bishops, and accepted a measure granting diocesan bishops the power to discipline predecessors who...

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