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British Catholic report urges 'culture of vigilance' against pedophilia


A review commissioned by the Catholic Church in England and Wales has recommended police checks should be carried out on Church staff in an effort to stamp out paedophile activity.

An initiative of the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Nolan Review has sought to recommend practical measures for child protection, following a string of damaging revelations involving paedophile priests.

The First Report of the Review was released yesterday. It called for the adoption of police procedures, and recommended the appointment of designated child protection representatives at parish, diocese and religious congregation levels, and the establishment of a single national database of information on all applicant candidates for ordination.

It expressed the hope that it would "help to bring about a culture of vigilance where every single adult member of the Church consciously and pro-actively takes responsibility for creating a safe environment for children and young people".

The Nolan Review is available online at http://www.nolanreview.org.uk

Cath Media Office (UK)

18-Apr-01