Catholic Church Begins "Incident-Awareness Safety Program"
ROME (DPI) - Beleaguered Roman Catholic leaders today unveiled a new program
designed to raise priest awareness about the impact that isolated incidents
of sexual abuse of minors can have on the victim and on the church itself.
The program was instituted after much resistance by the U.S. delegation
of the Catholic Church and it was finally implemented as a result of a
Sen. Barbara Mikulksi (D-MD) presents the
congressional order requiring OSHA training
for Catholic Clergy to Pope John Paul II.
Sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulksi (D-MD), the order required
the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops to create a "worker training program'"
under OSHA guidelines to raise organizational awareness of the impact of
pederasty on the victims, society and worker morale. "Today, we can finally
quantify the time that passes between each unfortunate incident," said Bishop
Wilton D. Gregory, head of the conference. "By
instituting an incentive program for bishops and other clergy that pays
bonuses for each month that passes incident-free in their region, we can
finally quantify for the public the safety record of our clergy."
Other OSHA regulations imposed by congressional order on the formerly exempt
world religion include worker disclosure of the possible harmful effects of
drinking sacramental wine as part of work assignments and the risk
assessments for temporary and permanent damage to kneecaps due to mandatory
St. John's Parish in Las Cruces, NM
with new OSHA-mandated signage.
(Reported by Ross Brown)