Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bill on child abuse by clergy has hearing

Bill on child abuse by clergy has hearing
Posted: Jul 11, 2010 3:48 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2010 3:48 AM
by Michele Catahay Kuam News

Guam - Lawmakers are expected to receive public testimony on Bill 372 on Monday, relative to the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect by clerical personnel of churches and other religious organization. Back in April, officials at the Vatican issued a mandate that all bishops report incidents of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz told KUAM News at the time that as a former Family Court judge, he was constantly frustrated by priests' refusal to report alleged abuse, especially sexual abuse, because they were prevented by church rule.

The hearing gets underway at 3pm at the Legislature's Public Hearing Room.

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