Catholic bishops announce policy changes for sex abuse allegations

Sept. 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday announced it has created new policies to handle sexual abuse accusations against bishops in the church.

“Some bishops, by their actions or their failures to act, have caused great harm to both individuals and the Church as a whole,” the USCCB said in a statement. “They have used their authority and power to manipulate and sexually abuse others. They have allowed the fear of scandal to replace genuine concern and care for those who have been victimized by abusers. For this, we again ask forgiveness from both the Lord and those who have been harmed.”

The church has had a formal system to handle accusations against priests since 2002, but not for bishops, who are responsible for investigating priests, according to the Wall Street Journal.

One of the policy changes put forth by the

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