Catholic church attendees can now anonymously report abuse
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last year, Pope Francis called for a solution to the ongoing issue of child abuse within Catholic churches across the world.
Now worldwide catholic churches are mandated to use a third-party reporting system in order to hold bishops accountable.
The reporting system was created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The system is referred to as CBAR, which stands for Catholic Bishops Abuse Reporting Service.
Church attendees can now anonymously report sexual abuse from a bishop online or via phone. This includes holding bishops responsible for trying to interfere with investigations of the alleged abuse.
“It holds the bishops to the same accountability and the same standard as we’ve held priests and other people who work for the church in this regard,” says Fr. Michel Mulloy, a Rapid City Diocesan and Liturgy Director.
If you need to report abuse within a Catholic church, click here.