Archdiocese Says It Meets Child Protection Standards

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, says
it has met the requirements for a Roman Catholic Church program to
protect children from sex abuse.

The program, called the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, was adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002, and revised and renewed in June 2005.

It provides policies and procedures to protect children, and is reviewed by independent auditors.

In October, the Portland Archdiocese submitted data related to the background checks and training of clergy, employees, volunteers, parents and children for the audit this year.

Archbishop John Vlazny recently received a letter from the auditors saying the archdiocese was in compliance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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