Title: Vatican task force offers help to church on abuse prevention
Author: Nicole Winfield
Publication: Associated Press via The Washington Post
Task force participants said Friday that the aim is to provide legal expertise and help to dioceses and religious orders that simply don’t have the professional resources or have otherwise neglected to comply with the 2011 directive.
The guidelines are meant to establish procedures to receive complaints from victims and provide them with pastoral care, train church personnel in abuse prevention and child protection strategies, and follow the church’s internal legal procedures to investigate allegations.