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Church’s Sex Abuse Reforms Denounced As ‘Minor’

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is denouncing plans by Roman Catholic bishops to update sex abuse guidelines, saying the update is nothing more than a public relations move.

It has been nine years since the American Catholic Church came out with reforms intended to address priest sex abuse. And this week, a nationwide meeting of bishops is planning to reform the reforms–ostensibly to make them better.

“These proposed changes, frankly, are very disappointing.’ said David Clohessy is the executive director of SNAP. “They’re few, they’re extremely minor.”

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Clohessy says the group wants real reforms – like action against church employees, everybody “from custodian to cardinal,” who knows about abuse by priests but does nothing.

A spokesman for American Catholic bishops has said the policy has been working. Newsradio 780 has asked the Chicago archdiocese for comment on proposed reforms.

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