(March 27, 2006)The 3rd annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People issued by the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be released at noon, Thursday, March 30, at a news conference at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.
The Office of Child and Youth Protection is issuing this report based on an audit of U.S. dioceses and eparchies (dioceses of the eastern Catholic churches) to assess their compliance with the Charter. The compliance audit was performed by the Gavin Group, Inc., Winthrop, Massachusetts. The second compliance audit was made public last year on February 18, 2005.
Also to be released as part of the Charter implementation report is the annual survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University, with new data on allegations and costs related to the sex abuse crisis; and a Supplemental Data Analysis done by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, based on the data gathered for its study of the "Nature and Scope of the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy 1950-2002," released in 2004.
Participants: Bishop William S. Skylstad, president, USCCB; Dr. Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, Chair, National Review Board; Ms. Teresa Kettelkamp, executive director, Office of Child and Youth Protection; and Mr. William Gavin of the Gavin Group.
CONTACT: Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, 202-541-3200, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, 202-541-3201, Bill Ryan, 202-541-3206.
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The reports and the news releases will be posted at Noon on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at www.usccb.org.