U.S. Bishops OK Revised Abuse-Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 13, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops approved revisions to their sex-abuse policy that aim to honor Vatican concerns about the rights of accused priests while keeping molesters away from children, the Associated Press reported.

The bishops voted 246-7 today to OK the new plan, which stipulates that priests should be removed from public ministry after “even one act of sexual abuse of a minor,” AP said.

The policy would become Church law for all U.S. bishops after a final Vatican review. Vatican officials feared the original plans adopted last June did not ensure due process for priests.

Conference president Bishop Wilton Gregory addressed the prelate on Monday. His address is posted at nccbuscc.org/bishops/gregory.htm).