The District Attorneys of the American state of Massachusetts have not been exactly thrilled with how a certain Catholic Diocese used to handle things. Namely, the allegations of sexual abuse. On May 6th the decision was finally made.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts will now have to report any allegations of sexual abuse involving children or vulnerable adults by diocesan representatives. The occurrences must be reported right after the Diocese becomes aware of them, regardless of when they were reported to have taken place.
This also means that the Diocese will not begin its own investigation of allegations for 90 days or until a District Attorney’s Office gives the permission to do so.
It was the result of a year-old discussion that ended in an agreement with the Springfield Diocese and three Western Massachusetts District Attorney’s Offices — from the Berkshire, Hampden, and Northwestern districts.