Leader of Catholic Watchdog Says Dioceses Need Broader Oversight

Patricia Ewers of the National Review Board made her comments yesterday as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released results of its audit of child protection policies.

The Rockford Diocese was found in compliance in the audit done for it and its more than 400,000 parishers.

Ewers says the audit's shortcomings are especially clear in its review of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The archdiocese was found to be in full compliance, but it had failed to remove an accused priest from church work for four months last year until he was criminally charged.

Ewers calls the situation "a great sorrow and disappointment to all of us."

Jimmy Lago of the Chicago Archdiocese says it plans to check priests' seminary files for evidence of sexual misconduct before they were ordained


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