Bishops Urge Crackdown on Priests

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

WASHINGTON –– Roman Catholic bishops should ask the Vatican to defrock any priest caught sexually abusing a child in the future. Those who molested once in the past could continue in the ministry,a church panel recommended Tuesday.

Under the plan, clergymen who victimized more than one child in the past also would be removed and all such violations would have to be reported to authorities.