Society at large, the Government and the entertainment media complex have a lot of housecleaning to do before they go after the Catholic Church.
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written a circular letter to bishops' conferences around the world on preparing policies and guidelines for dealing with cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican press office announced May 11 that it would release the text of the letter May 16.
U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the doctrinal congregation, announced in November that his office, which coordinates the church's response to abuse cases, was preparing the document. He said it would help every bishops' conference in the world design a "coordinated and effective program" of child protection and of dealing with allegations
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