Priests' Dismissal Made Easier Bishops Lift Five-Year Rule on Reports of Sex Abuse

By Compiled From News Services Kathryn Rogers, Post-Dispatch religion writer, provided material . | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), November 18, 1993 | Go to article overview

Priests' Dismissal Made Easier Bishops Lift Five-Year Rule on Reports of Sex Abuse


Compiled From News Services Kathryn Rogers, Post-Dispatch religion writer, provided material ., St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Buffeted by reports of child abuse by priests, U.S. Catholic leaders voted Wednesday to make it easier to dismiss priests who sexually abuse minors.

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 219-5 to lift the five-year statute of limitations on dismissals in cases involving abuse.

If the Vatican approves the change, dismissal may be sought within two years after a diocesan bishop "receives information which at least seems to be true" of such abuse.

The change recognizes that victims who were abused as youngsters may have been unable because of repressed memories or perceptions of church indifference to make allegations until years later.

The bishops also voted to ask the Vatican to raise the age when abuse victims are considered minors from 15 to 17 and to speed up the judicial process by requiring initial appeals to be filed with regional tribunals in the United States rather than Rome.

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, chairman of the bishops' Canonical Affairs Committee, said the votes "will show the greater concern of the church" for abuse victims.

The Holy See still must approve the changes. Pope John Paul II indicated in a letter to U.S. bishops earlier this year that he was aware how much American Catholics are suffering because of the clergy scandals.

The bishops are able to remove priests from parish ministries and impose other penalties. But it is "very, very rare" that a bishop has sought to remove a priest for sexual abuse because of the complications of the process, Bevilacqua said.

There has been no systematic study of clergy sex abuse, but the Rev. Canice Connors, head of a church-sponsored panel on the issue, said that from 2 percent to 4 percent of Catholic priests over the past 30 years may have committed abuse. …

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