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Episcopalians: Roman Catholics discuss sexual misconduct policies with ecumenical partners
Fri, 7 Jun 2002 14:32:15 -0400
June 7, 2002
Episcopalians: Roman Catholics discuss sexual misconduct
policies with ecumenical partners
(ENS) In the afternoon of June 5, 2002, 15 ecumenical partners
gathered in the Episcopal Church Center in New York, at the
invitation of William Cardinal Keeler, the Roman Catholic
Archbishop of Baltimore. The purpose of the meeting was to
engage in a conversation about the draft text of a "Charter for
the Protection of Children and Young People" to be presented to
Catholic bishops who would come together the following week in
Dallas. Input on the document was shared as were the sexual
misconduct policies of the various Christian communions present.
It was clear from the meeting that the Roman Catholic Church
and its bishops do not stand alone in the painful experience of
dealing with sexual misconduct among clergy and lay leaders in
the church. The Catholic Church shares with the wider
ecumenical community deep concern for the victims of sexual
abuse, especially children and young people. All Christians
must work together in seeking to find ways to offer healing to
those who have been so wounded and to restore the faithful to
the faith that has been taken from them by these actions.
In addition to giving and receiving feedback on this specific
document, the participants agreed to seek ways in the future to
cooperate together in order to take even more dramatic steps on
the specific issue of abuse of children and young people in
church and society.
The following church leaders attended this gathering:
The Rev. Dr. William Allen (Christian Church, Disciples of
Christ); Archbishop Khajag Barsamian (Armenian Orthodox Church
in America); The Very Rev. David Brum (Orthodox Church of
America); Mr. David Early (U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops);
The Rev. Jon Enslin (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America);
The Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting (The Episcopal Church); The Rev.
David Fromm (Reformed Church in America); The Most Rev. Frank T.
Griswold (The Episcopal Church); Brother Jeffrey Gros (U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops); The Very Reverend Alexei
Karlgut (Orthodox Church of America); William Cardinal Keeler
(U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops); The Rev. Cletus Kiley
(U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops); The Very Reverend Father
Simeon Odobashian (Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church in
America); The Rev. Bruce Robbins (United Methodist Church);
Bishop Savas of Troas (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese); The Rev.
Lydia Veliko (United Church of Christ), and The Rev. Robina
Winbush (Presbyterian Church U.S.A.)
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