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Catholic parents are taking steps to protect their children

Participating in services and church-related activities is something that is important for many Catholic families.

But many parents feel conflicted between the desire to raise children in the Church - and ensuring that their children are safe in an era where sexual abuse by priests is a possibility.

The Catholic Church is in crisis mode, as more and more allegations of sexual abuse by priests surface. At the Church's most senior level, the Pope recently announced an "all-out battle" on sexual abuse.

What can parents do to protect their children when participating in Church-related activities?

Parents should feel empowered to ask tough questions of their parishes. They should find out what their parish is doing to prevent sexual abuse of minors. This is not a unique concern, and churches are typically prepared to answer those questions.

Many Catholic parishes have taken steps to not only ensure the protection of children, but also to ease the concerns of their parents. Some parishes have instituted self-audits, and many are enforcing policies banning priests from being alone with children. Additionally, many parishes are providing additional training for church volunteers.

Catholic parents should also get to know the people their children are spending time with - both in and out of the Church.

Additionally, parents should be aware of warning signs of sexual abuse.

Learn more tips for protecting children against sexual abuse.

Protecting their children is of utmost importance to most parents. Parents should be aware of the possibility sexual abuse occurring in or out of the church. Parents should also be willing to take steps to ensure the safe participation of their children in meaningful Catholic traditions.

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