The trail that the U.S. bishops have trudged since the Dallas Charter in 2002, are a good model for the rest of the Catholic world, says Nicholas Cafardi in this story from Agence-Presse France: Child abuse scandal cost US Catholic church $3 bln
"We're still in a trust rebuilding process," Cafardi told AFP. "But the only thing that turned that around was the very drastic action the bishops took in 2002."
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After years of inaction, the United States Conference of Bishops developed a charter governing how the church would protect children that included a zero tolerance policy, background checks and prevention training.
It also established a National Review Board led by lay people to monitor progress and granted access to church files for researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.