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Kathleen McChesney is a former executive director of the U.S.C.C.B.’s Office of Child and Youth Protection and a former F.B.I. executive. She is president of Kinsale Management Consulting, which works with dioceses and religious communities regarding clergy misconduct and high-risk behavior.

Politics & SocietyLast Take
Kathleen McChesney
Strong laws and codes of conduct for law enforcement officers already exist, but mechanisms for oversight and accountability are needed, writes Kathleen McChesney.
Supporters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) outside the assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review) 
FaithShort Take
Kathleen McChesney
ProPublica is advancing the painfully slow disclosure of the names of sexual abusers, writes Kathleen McChesney, who headed the U.S. bishops’ Office of Child and Youth Protection.
PORTRAITS OF GRIEF. Quilts bearing photos of victims of sexual abuse by priests of the Los Angeles archdiocese, Feb. 2013 (CNS photo/David McNew, Reuters)
FaithShort Take
Kathleen McChesney
Would full disclosure of the names of clergy offenders help these survivors and the countless other men and women who have still not reported their abuse to come forward?
Kathleen McChesney
From 2002 until 2005, McChesney helped the bishops to implement the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Faith
Kathleen McChesney
Key findings of the John Jay College Study on clergy sexual abuse
Kathleen McChesney
Reassessing the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Kathleen McChesney
Since the revelation in 2002 of sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests in the United States, over 500 accused priests have been temporarily or permanently removed from ministry. This number is not expected to increase significantly, largely because the abuse-prevention policies and procedures
Kathleen McChesney
The sympathetic response of Americans to the death of Pope John Paul II might suggest that the sexual abuse crisis in the United States has not harmed the reputation of the church, and that trust in its leadership remains strong. The public’s high regard for Pope John Paul II and the love of C
Kathleen McChesney
In an unprecedented undertaking, from June 3 through Oct. 31, 2003, independent auditors reviewed the management actions taken by 191 Catholic dioceses in the United States to comply with the provisions of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter, adopted by the Unite