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).