Catholic diocese of Portland in compliance with abuse prevention rules

Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 5:38 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced Tuesday that it was found in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by an outside auditor.

The charter called for an effective response from every diocese in the United States to any report of sexual abuse by church personnel. It also called for background checks on all diocesan employees and volunteers who work regularly with minors, special sexual abuse prevention training and other mandates for the protection of children.

The on-site audit of the diocese in Maine covered the period between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012.

“We are one-hundred percent compliant in all areas of the audit, which was a three-day, thorough, on-site review by independent auditors,” Bishop Richard Malone, apostolic administrator of the diocese, said Tuesday in a press release. “Our background checks and training undoubtedly ensure a safer environment for our children and we will continue to work diligently to make sure safeguards remain in place to prevent future abuse.”

The charter was approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002. The audit was conducted in September by StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, N.Y.

Malone encouraged anyone who may have information about any case of sexual abuse of a minor by a church representative to contact civil authorities or Deacon John Brennan, director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the diocese, at 321-7836.

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