Click here to read: “Judge: Sisters need to investigate abuse allegations,” by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, August 9, 2013
“The files from the orders of women religious concerned two sisters who are deceased. The files did not mention sexual abuse or detail any accusations against the sisters. Although the files do not indicate reports against the sisters, they are believed to be the first released in the Los Angeles cases concerning sisters or nuns.
Their release, Merz said, highlights the fact that women religious are not specifically mentioned in the procedures adopted by the U.S. bishops since 2002 to deal with accusations of abuse against clergy.
While 194 of 195 of U.S. dioceses have agreed to abide by the policies set in place in 2002 in the bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, those procedures, Merz said, do not address sisters “at all.”