Many of the things that were required of this law were already in place in the United States as a result of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (a.k.a the “Dallas Charter”) adopted by the bishops in 2002, which called for mandatory reporting, zero tolerance and Safe Environment training programs. At their June meeting, they adopted some more measures to build upon the Charter and deal with some of its inadequacies and loopholes. Specifically, they did the following:
Expanded the Dallas Charter to include bishops.
Authorized the development (by May 31, 2020) of a third-party system for receiving reports of possible violations by bishops.
Established protocols for imposing limitations and restrictions on bishops who were removed from office for any abuse of power.
Presented a plan for implementing the rest of the reforms mandated by Pope Francis.
I think it’s important for all Catholics to stay up-to-date on what is being done in this area. We all felt shock and pain at the revelations of […]