Catholic video about protecting kids includes bishops accused of failing to protect kids
Two Catholic bishops accused of failing to protect children from abusive priests are being edited out of church training videos about preventing child abuse.
The videos, titled “A Time to Protect God’s Children” and “A Plan to Protect God’s Children,” are widely used by Catholic dioceses across the country in mandatory training programs for volunteers, coaches, teachers and others who work for the church.
Officials at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said the decision to revise the videos came after some leaders of the training program complained about the involvement of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone and New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
Abuse survivors have said the two bishops failed to respond appropriately to accusations of child abuse involving clergy.
“We’ll be replacing the DVDs as soon as we have it edited,” said Mike Schafer, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “We . . .
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