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DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA

U.S. bish­ops to meet on child abuse

WASH­ING­TON – Af­ter months of out­cry from Amer­i­can Catholics this year, de­mand­ing that the bish­ops – the high­est-rank­ing Catholic lead­ers in the United States –U.S. be held ac­count­able for decades of child abuse by priests, the bish­ops will meet in per­son for the first time for a days-long reck­on­ing about how to ad­dress the cri­sis. In a highly un­usual move, the bish­ops will put aside al­most ev­ery­thing else on their agenda for the an­nual meet­ing of the U.S. Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops next week, in or­der to fo­cus solely on rec­ti­fy­ing their poli­cies on abuse. The lead­ers of all 196 U.S. arch­dio­ce­ses and dio­ce­ses are in­vited.

“When we come out of the meet­ing and are able to com­mu­ni­cate what will be dif­fer­ent mov­ing for­ward, it’s my hope that all those who’ve been ask­ing for such con­crete steps will rec­og­nize: The bish­ops heard us,” said Bishop Michael Bur­bidge, who leads Vir­ginia’s Dio­cese of Ar­ling­ton.

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