Archdiocese Of New York Releases Revised Addendum To Its Abuse Policy

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NEW YORK, May 17, 2002 (Zenit.org).-The Archdiocese of New York has released a revised addendum to its Policy Relating to Sexual Misconduct.



This addendum establishes in writing the development of the on-going discussions between the Archdiocese and the District Attorneys of the three boroughs and seven counties served by the Archdiocese.

The discussions dealt with how the Archdiocese would handle allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy with minors. Under the revised addendum, when the Archdiocese has reason to suspect that a priest has sexually abused a minor, it will report the complaint to the appropriate District Attorney’s Office without review by any advisory committee.

The addendum was developed with the assistance of a group of independent legal and psychological experts, including former prosecutors and judges. It was sent to the ten District Attorneys on May 14, 2002.

This addendum replaces the addendum that was effective April 8, 2002.

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ADDENDUM TO THE ARCHDIOCESAN
POLICY RELATING TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Effective May 14, 2002

A. Sexual abuse of a minor is a crime. Whenever a complaint is received by an Archdiocesan official that a priest has sexually abused a minor, the complainant will be strongly urged to report the complaint immediately and directly to the appropriate District Attorney’s Office.

B. When an Archdiocesan official has reason to suspect that a priest has sexually abused a minor, the Archdiocese will immediately refer the matter to the appropriate District Attorney’s Office for investigation.

C. The Archdiocese, after consultation with the appropriate District Attorney’s Office, will take appropriate action concerning the priest, as warranted, including removing the priest from his assignment, to ensure the safety of minors.