Posted: June 14, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

ATLANTA — The National Review Board, formed to advise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis, released its report today at the bishops’ meeting in Atlanta.

The report, described by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the USCCB’s president, as an “examination of conscience,” charted the steady decline in new cases of clergy sexual abuse and defended the zero-tolerance policy adopted by the bishops in the wake of the 2002 crisis. It also noted difficulties with boundary violations involving international priests and a lack of reporting about the presence of accused religious priests in a diocese without the knowledge of the local ordinary.

“There has been a dramatic shift in 10 years,” Al Notzon, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board, told the conference. “We have moved from a legal response to a pastoral response.”

Yet, despite all progress in improving reporting of allegations and victim…

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