HEADLINE: 10 ways Catholic bishops are trying to end the clergy abuse scandal by Daniel Burke
Here are the US Catholic bishops’ 10 commitments
- To reach out to clergy sex-abuse survivors and their families, helping them find healing and care.
- To follow the Pope’s new guidelines on holding bishops accountable to “higher moral standards.”
- To publicize information about how people can make accusations of sexual abuse by bishops.
- To include lay people in investigating misconduct by bishops.
- To amend church codes of conduct to explicitly include bishops and all who work for the church.
- To ensure that these codes of conduct clearly explain what constitutes sexual misconduct and harassment of adults.
- To live chastely, with no “double” or “secret” lives.
- To put the needs of the people making accusations of abuse above institutional concerns, including cooperation with lay experts and civil authorities.
- To attend seminars and other church gatherings to learn best practices for dealing with sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable persons.
- To recommend to the Vatican only proposed bishops “truly suited for the episcopacy.”