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Accountability In the Catholic Church

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Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun
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When they meet in Baltimore next week, America’s Catholic bishops will make another run at establishing how bishops should be held accountable in the clerical sex-abuse crisis. Baltimore’s archdiocese has set up a system where complaints of wrong-doing go to a third party for review. David Lorenz of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the church cannot be trusted to investigate itself. Archbishop William Lori tells us allegations of criminal misconduct are reported to police, and then the church investigates.

For more reporting on recent developments involving Archbishop William Lori, visit the Washington Post link, and to read a letter issued by Archbishop Lori, visit this link.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'