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Panel Selected to Revise US Bishops’ Sex Abuse Policy

After rejecting the US Bishop’s sex abuse policy last week, the Vatican yesterday named eight individuals to the US-Vatican commission, tasked with revising the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The American commissioners include Cardinal Francis E. Geroge of Chicago, Archbishop William J. Levada of San Francisco, Bishop Thomas G. Doran of Rockford, Illinois, and Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut, according to the Washington Post. The Vatican panelists include Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, head of the Congregation for the Clergy, Monsignor Julian Herranz, president of the Council for Legislative Texts, Monsignor Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Monsignor Francesco Monterisi, secretary of the Congregation of Bishops, according to Reuters. The US sex abuse policy, approved in June at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was denied recognitio, or Vatican approval to mandate adoption of the policy, due to concerns that priests would be denied due process, particularly with removal of the statute of limitations. While no agenda has been set, the commission is expected to complete its work by mid-November, when the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is slated to meet again.

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Associated Press 10/23/02; Washington Post 10/24/02; Reuters 10/23/02

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