Will the Church Get Tough?

America's 285 Roman Catholic bishops are nearing agreement on a new, one-strike-and-you're-out policy for priests who commit child sexual abuse. The agreement, still being polished by a handful of bishops and Cardinals around the country, is expected to be ready for debate and a vote when the rest of the church's top leadership meets in Dallas next week. "No one knows exactly what they will do," said a source. "But they will approve some form of zero-tolerance policy." After years in which some dioceses quietly reassigned troubled clerics or settled disputes out of court, the approach is designed to encourage local...

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