Revised Charter on Protecting Minors Is Online

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WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 28, 2002 ( The revised edition of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" has been posted at the U.S. bishops' conference Web site.

The prelates approved the revision at their meeting earlier this month. It updates the charter approved last June, in the wake of news reports about priestly sex-abuse scandals.

The text, which accompanies and encompasses the "Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons," may be found at

It is also available in a print edition, which may be ordered by telephoning (800) 235-8722 and asking for publication number 5-540.