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Bishop checked by police after sex abuse scandals
    A Catholic diocese in England has arranged for scores of priests, including a bishop, and more than 200 volunteers to undergo police checks.
    The East Anglia diocese moves come in the wake of a number of child sex abuse scandals.
    The diocese has paid several thousand pounds to have 85 clergy and 275 choir leaders, Sunday school teachers, altar servers, organists and youth leaders screened.
    A diocesesan spokesman said two volunteers have been removed from their positions after the screening revealed criminal records involving violence or sexual offences.
    Two others have been asked to leave after refusing to take part in the screening process, carried out by Norfolk police.
    The spokesman added: "This is something that has been looked at by several dioceses for several years. Other attempts in other areas have failed because the police would not carry out the checks because they say the Church did not have the right to the information.
   
Ananova
   
18-Jan-01

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