St. Louis Church Officials Pleased With Abuse Audit
By Matt Sepic, KWMU
St. Louis – St. Louis Archdiocese officials say they are pleased with an audit released Tuesday that shows it in compliance with recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse.
As part of a national audit, a private firm recommended the archdiocese approve an ethics code, establish dialogue with civil authorities, and have only one department perform background checks.
St. Louis Archdiocesan administrator Bishop Joseph Naumann says the audit is just the first step in an ongoing process.
"The auditors have acknowledged the archdiocese's long-standing efforts to protect children and young people," Naumann said. "We are also keenly aware of the constant need for vigilance to ensure that sexual abuse of minors by the clergy is eradicated."
American bishops hired the Boston-based Gavin Group to audit dioceses around the country. But victims' advocacy groups say the church had too much control over it.