There may be a list published, but it's only supposed to be for internal use. I think it should be public record - what do you think?

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Report Suggests Church Abuser List 
Tue Oct 8, 6:22 AM ET
By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer 

BOSTON (AP) - In its final report to Cardinal Bernard Law, a panel created in response to the sex abuse scandal recommended that the Archdiocese of Boston create a registry listing priests who have been removed from duty over credible abuse allegations. 

The offender registry is the one new recommendation in the report by the Commission for the Protection of Children. The registry would be kept internally by the archdiocese and would be made available to future employers of priests and church workers. 

Law said he will review the new recommendations with canon lawyers and other church officials. He said he hopes to put them in place as the official policy of the archdiocese by Dec. 1. 

Recommendations from earlier drafts of the report — including many that have been implemented already — include: the mandatory reporting of abuse allegations to civil authorities within 24 hours; the immediate removal from duty for clergy and staff credibly accused of abuse; and no return to ministry or work for anyone who engaged in sexual activity with a minor. 

Some other recommendations are the psychological screening and background checks for potential clergy, church staff and volunteers; establishment of child abuse prevention teams of laity in each parish; and creation of a system to supervise clergy removed from the ministry. 

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875 hits 4.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think there should be a public or private list made of alleged abusers in the Catholic Church?
There may be a list published, but it`s only supposed to be for internal use. I think it should be public record - what do you think?

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Report Suggests Church Abuser List

Tue Oct 8, 6:22 AM ET

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer

BOSTON (AP) - In its final report to Cardinal Bernard Law, a panel created in response to the sex abuse scandal recommended that the Archdiocese of Boston create a registry listing priests who have been removed from duty over credible abuse allegations.

The offender registry is the one new recommendation in the report by the Commission for the Protection of Children. The registry would be kept internally by the archdiocese and would be made available to future employers of priests and church workers.

Law said he will review the new recommendations with canon lawyers and other church officials. He said he hopes to put them in place as the official policy of the archdiocese by Dec. 1.

Recommendations from earlier drafts of the report — including many that have been implemented already — include: the mandatory reporting of abuse allegations to civil authorities within 24 hours; the immediate removal from duty for clergy and staff credibly accused of abuse; and no return to ministry or work for anyone who engaged in sexual activity with a minor.

Some other recommendations are the psychological screening and background checks for potential clergy, church staff and volunteers; establishment of child abuse prevention teams of laity in each parish; and creation of a system to supervise clergy removed from the ministry.

Law has the right to reject any of the recommendations in the commission`s 52-page report if he chooses.


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19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 4:11:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Does it boggle anyone else's mind as much as it does mine that the church has to even think about this? The church, which is supposed to provide moral direction for countless masses, has to take time to ponder the implications of some of their members committing heinous crimes. All I can say is, "Thank God I'm not religious". And yes, before anyone tries to call me on it, the irony is intentional.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 6:41:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
You are talking about a minority of ONE religion ... not all of us are Catholics. Not all of us like Catholics. Being religious doesn't make any person better than any other. We are all bad people, priests or not.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/31/02 - 6:43:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Catholic Church should really lift the Celibacy thing. I'm not religious by any means, but shouldn't the most beautiful thing to a Christian be bearing children? In marriage, of course.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 9:37:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I think they should lift it too - I don't think it would be disrespectful or anything if priests could get married. God loves marriage and likes us having sex in a marriage. I don't know why their religion is the only one to say they have to be celibate to be a good priest :P
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 9:58:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont like catholics so lets embarrass them for all we got!
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 10:07:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
only the PROVEN ones.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 10:17:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm far from being religious man, FAR from it... but growing up Catholic has given me a reverence for priests... for me, sex has always perhaps been the most influential thing in my life... it dictates my personal ambition to better myself, my physical condition, and my desire to succeed in this world... a priests sacrifice of this one personal freedom, FOR ME, represents the dedication he has for the order and religion... there should be no need to drop the vows of chastity and celibacy for the sake of making the religion more attractive or to fill a quota... just like no one demands the Jewish and Muslim faithful to eat pork products to help agriculture... religion should not a marketable commodity... its based on faith and morality, two intangible subjects that cannot be glamorized or re-packaged... it should be taken "as is" or not taken at all...
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 10:18:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
if you don't like the restrictions of the Catholic faith, go somewhere else for your religious beliefs... I suggest pagan, Ive heard its now "cool" to be pagan...
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/1/02 - 10:19:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, it would only lead to vigilantes taking matters into their own hands.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/6/02 - 10:06:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, but they shouldn't tell the public that they are preists.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/6/02 - 10:14:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
As long as the keyword is alledged: NO. They should be reported to the police though.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/6/02 - 10:18:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
This wouldn't be an issue if people just followed my advice. I say down with Catholicism. No offense to any potential Catholics on this lovely YT. I just have a small problem with this semi-cult.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/6/02 - 10:21:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
However as an answer to the question: No I don't agree with going public if they are only 'alledged'. Hell just listen to Zaraphel, he's pure genius.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/02 - 6:46:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
NO. In the UK, not long after a girl named Sarah Payne was murdered in an assumed act of a paedophile, a sunday newspaper started publishing photos, names and address of registered paedophiles. There were riots across the UK, frequently targeted at people who either lived at the addresses but who were innocent because it was an old address, or merely had a passing resemblence. In one case, somebody was attacked, not because they were a registered PAEDOPHILE on this list, but because they were a PAEDIATRICIAN. If the Catholic Church publishes any such list, trust me, the same thing WILL happen in the USA.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/02 - 6:49:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
note the word "alleged". where is the "innocent before being proved guilty" here.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/02 - 6:51:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
First of all, the key word is alleged. Second of all, I think the list should be made private, but something should be done about it. If a priest commits such a heinous act, he should go to jail, not transferred to another church.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/02 - 6:53:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ktflower: Well screw you
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/16/02 - 7:48:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
The reason thereare so many alledged incidentsis the church covers tem up. It should be standard rocedure that police and welfare oficers investigare EVERY accusation.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/17/02 - 1:48:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
All pedophiles and sexual offenders have to register and notify local authorities and schools, etc. The pedophile priests shouldn't be any different.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/17/02 - 2:25:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
For people who are supposed to represent moral values and safety to become abusers is even worse, somehow, than 'normal' people becoming abusers. I think the Catholic church has a duty to protect the people it intends to, and if that means having a register of abusers (as long as it is proven), then so be it.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/17/02 - 4:42:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think if they were convicted, instead of alleged of course it should be public...just like other people who have been convicted of sexual offences have to register they should too
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/12/05 - 6:08:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 2/12/05 - 6:24:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is scum in every single organization, I think the list should be made avaliable as long as there was a conviction.

What I'm perturbed about is when people try and attack the entire catholic religion solely because of the actions of sickly priests.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 12:03:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/11/05 - 12:06:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think that all allegations should be exhaustively investigated, but I don't like the idea of "lists".

Names can be put on "lists" when personal, policy, or power conflics arise....no matter what issue we are talking about.


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