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11/11/2002 - Washington

U-S BISHOPS GATHER TO CONSIDER VATICAN REVISIONS TO ABUSE POLICY

America's Roman Catholic bishops have gathered in Washington, where they're expected to endorse Vatican-approved revisions to their policy on abusive priests. The revisions include church tribunals to hear the cases of clerics who maintain their innocence, and preliminary investigations conducted in private. Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests say the revised policy protects accused molesters more than victims. But Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says the revisions are meant to protect priests from unproven allegations. And he insists that nobody who's harmed a child will be allowed to remain in public ministry.
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