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Archdiocese of Cincinnati lists inappropriate priest behaviors

AP Published: August 12, 2008 [Source]

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.

The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.

But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.

Victim advocates who have criticized the Roman Catholic archdiocese for its handling of abuse cases say they support the new measures as a step toward better protection of children.

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond does not have a specific list of prohibited and acceptable behavior, said spokesman Steve Neill.

“I think in cases like this, common sense would prevail,” Neill said.

All workers in the Richmond diocese—including priests, laity and volunteers—must attend a three-hour training session to create a safe environment, said Maryjane Fuller, assistant director of the diocese office of human relations. The program teaches how to look for signs of sexual abuse and steps that parishes and schools can take to keep children safe.

Every year, the Richmond diocese is audited to make certain it complies with the national church’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Neill said.

Media General News Service writer Daniel Neman contributed to this report.

August 12, 2008 - Posted by | Catholic Church, Celrgy Sex Crimes, Church Scandals, Sex Abuse

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