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The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses$
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James T. O'Reilly and Margaret S.P. Chalmers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937936.001.0001

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2002 and Beyond

2002 and Beyond

(p.281) Chapter 23 2002 and Beyond
The Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis and the Legal Responses

James T. O’Reilly

Margaret S. P. Chalmers

Oxford University Press

The Boston abuse publicity and resulting crisis for the U.S. Catholic Church led to norms to handle the future claim of clergy sexual abuse. The National Review Board was established, but some dioceses refused to act in accordance. The chapter describes the “Essential Norms” (also known as “Dallas Norms”) and their role going forward in how the U.S. Church approaches sex abuse claims. It also discusses the roles of the USCCB Office of Children and Youth Protection and the USCCB‘s Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. Finally it describes the commissioning and results of the John Jay College Report.

Keywords:   Dallas Norms, Conference of Bishops, Vatican, reporting, support for victims, VIRTUS

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