Canon Law Group Issues Guide on Implementing Sex Abuse Norms

By Catholic News Service [U.S.]
Downloaded March 25, 2003

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Canon Law Society of America has issued a 47-page guide to following church law in implementing the U.S. bishops' norms on clerical sexual abuse of minors. The booklet was written by a CLSA task force headed by Msgr. Frederick C. Easton, judicial vicar of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. Titled "Guide to the Implementation of the U.S. Bishops' Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing With Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons," the booklet is divided into three main sections: the rights of abuse victims, the rights of the accused, and a summary of the processes to be followed when an allegation is made that a priest or deacon has sexually abused a minor. The summary of the processes approaches each step in procedures from the standpoint of the rights of the accuser, the rights of the accused and the responsibilities of the bishop.


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