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10/18/2002 - Vatican City

VATICAN REJECTS PARTS OF U-S POLICY ON CLERICAL ABUSE

Elements of the policy that America's Roman Catholic bishops adopted to deal with alleged molestation by priests have been rejected by the Vatican. Church sources say the Vatican is concerned that parts of the policy would violate rights of accused clerics that are now protected under church law. Victims' groups in the United States were outraged, and said this shows that the scandal-plagued church still cares more about protecting abusive priests than children. But an organization representing American clerics said priests deserve every right to defend themselves against abuse claims. Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U-S Conference of Catholic Bishops, and other American prelates met yesterday with Pope John Paul to discuss the abuse crisis.
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