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Long Island diocese now in compliance with abuse regulations; spokesman rips SNAP statement

October 16, 2009

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is now in compliance with abuse-prevention regulations that stemmed from the US bishops’ June 2002 meeting in Dallas, according to an audit conducted by the Gavin Group. Last year, an audit faulted the diocese for insufficient “safe environment training.”

“When the bishops make up their own policies and procedures there seems little to brag about when they have met ‘their standards,’” said Tim Eschausse, Long Island coordinator for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). “Perhaps if Bishop [William] Murphy would finally meet with all the victims of clergy abuse, we could help him write better ‘policies.’”

Diocesan spokesman Sean Dolan responded, “The Catholic Church has taken more steps to prevent sex abuse of children than any other private organization out there. It shows he [Eschausse] has no grasp of the facts, because Bishop Murphy does meet with victims of abuse.”

 


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