On Wednesday, U.S. Catholic bishops approved the implementation of a national clergy abuse reporting hotline. The hotline would receive calls and online intakes regarding abuse allegations committed by bishops or instances of covering up abuse. Within the year, the hotline should be operational and will be run by an independent company. Survivors and victims can report the accusations to the operators who in turn would report the allegations to regional supervisory bishops. Leaders within the church emphasize that the bishops should consult lay professionals to assist in conducting the investigations and analyzing the end results.
Starting with alarming reports detailing clergy abuse cases in several states, many faithful Catholics ceased offering donations to church and stopped attending mass. Creating a hotline to report clergy abuse is a positive step for the Catholic church to take, but, in some states, the statute of limitations may restrict clergy abuse survivors from getting the justice they deserve. It remains to be seen what will be done with survivors who can no longer file a claim against their abusers even if they report the abuse to the hotline.
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