Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Bishop Sullivan--If Audits End Our Credibility is Zilch


"Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan of Brooklyn said May 21 that if the bishops do not continue with their sexual abuse audits 'our credibility will be zilch.'

He noted that some bishops thought the audits, undertaken as part of the implementation of the 2002 'Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,' were too burdensome and wanted to end them now.

One audit has been completed. The U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse and the National Review Board reached an agreement May 17 on proposals for conducting a second diocesan audit of child sex abuse prevention policies and on doing a study of the causes and context of the crisis.

The bishops will discuss the proposals during their June 14-19 meeting in Denver."