Psychologist: Communication failures obscure US bishops’ progress on abuse

Reposted from https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/psychologist-communication-failures-obscure-us-bishops-progress-abuse

At a time when the U.S. bishops are in the crosshairs of scrutiny and scorn over their handling of clerical sexual abuse, psychologist Thomas Plante admits that at times he is viewed as a shill for them when he lays out the facts of the U.S. clerical abuse landscape since the prelates’ high-profile 2002 gathering in Dallas.

According to the Santa Clara University professor, the initiatives that grew from that meeting — notably the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, canonical Essential Norms related to the charter, a National Review Board, and diocesan compliance audits — have contributed to “barely a trickle” of new clerical child sexual abuse cases since 2002.

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