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U.S. Bishops Gather in St. Louis

(KWMU Staff Photo)
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its annual meeting Thursday.

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Bishops gave reports on various policy matters but formal presentations did not address the sexual abuse scandal the church has been dealing with for more than a year. Starting next week, every Catholic diocese in the country will be audited for their compliance to the church's national charter on sexual abuse prevention. Kathleen McChesney leads that office:

"One of our key goals is to make certain that they do comply. This isn't a matter of trying to see who isn't, it's trying to make sure everyone has the resources and the training that's required to do this."

The bishops' meeting comes during a turbulent week for the church. On Monday, the head of the national review board looking into sexual abuse announced he will step down and on Wednesday, the Vatican accepted the resignation of the bishop of Phoenix, who was accused in a fatal hit and run accident last weekend.

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