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Newspaper examines abuse in Buddhist temples

Catholic World News - July 26, 2011

A Chicago Tribune investigation of sexual abuse in Theravada Buddhist temples has found “minimal accountability and lax oversight of monks accused of preying on vulnerable targets.”

“Because they answer to no outside ecclesiastical authority, the temples respond to allegations as they see fit,” the newspaper reports. “And because the monks are viewed as free agents, temples claim to have no way of controlling what they do next. Those found guilty of wrongdoing can pack a bag and move to another temple--much to the dismay of victims, law enforcement and other monks.”

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